Texas Board Votes To Cut Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller From History Courses

Texas Education Board votes to cut Hillary Clinton’s name from student curriculum

Texas Education Board votes to cut Hillary Clinton’s name from student curriculum

- The Texas Board of Education on Friday voted to remove former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the state's social studies curriculum.

Keller, an icon in the disabled community who became an activist and author despite being deaf and blind, was taught as a part of the state's third grade social studies curriculum, reported the Morning News.

Using a ranking system, the 15 board members decided which historical figures are "essential" and which ones aren't.

The Dallas News reports that the criteria "asked questions like, "Did the person trigger a watershed change"; "Was the person from an underrepresented group"; and 'Will their impact stand the test of time?'"

Out of 20 points, Keller scored a 7 and Clinton scored a 5.

The group estimated that removing Clinton from the curriculum would save teachers 30 minutes of instructional time and eliminating Keller would save 40 minutes.

According to the Dallas Morning News, figures who received a flawless score and will remain as past of the curriculum include lawyer Barbara Jordan, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, and former Texas governor Sam Houston.

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"There were hundreds of people", Misty Matthew, a Round Rock teacher, told the Dallas Morning News about the students' lessons.

'We tried to make it as objective as possible, ' she said. They approved the removal of several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller. Also recommended for deletion but still kept in by the board: references to the "heroism" of defenders of the Alamo, which is problematic because those men were fighting, in part, for the right to practice slavery.

The committee has called "heroic", in reference to the Battle of Alamo, a "value-charged" term.

In 2010, controversy erupted over a bid by conservatives on the State Board of Education to label the grotesque American slave trade by the innocuous term the "Atlantic triangular trade".

Teachers who are on the board that made the recommendation said that the number of historical figures that teachers are required to include in their curriculum is so lengthy that students end up memorizing names and dates instead of really learning anything about each of them. The curriculum will also require students to explain how the "Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict" in the Middle East.

The vote is preliminary and may still change.

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