Thursday, 15 November, 2018

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 Report: Texas Board Of Education Votes To Remove Hillary Clinton From History Curriculum
Patty Aguilar | 19 September, 2018, 09:39

Barbara Cargill, a Texas Republican and member of the board, told The Dallas Morning News that "the recommendation to eliminate Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton was made by [Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills] work groups".

The Texas state board of education voted Friday to remove the former Democratic presidential nominee and secretary of state from the history curriculum, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The board's tentative decision on Friday, which faces a final vote in November after a period of public response, affects 5.4 million Texas public school students.

Subjects that board members voted to keep in the state curriculum include the "heroism" of those who defended the Alamo. Both said the state required students to learn about so many historical figures that it resulted in rote memorization of dates and names instead of real learning. The removal of Clinton is estimated to save teachers some 30 minutes, while Keller's exit from the curriculum will allow to save another 40 minutes. Board members stated that the decision was part of an effort to "streamline" the state's curriculum. Among other historical figures who were voted upon were Barry Goldwater, who the board voted to remove from the curriculum, and Baptist pastor Billy Graham, who they voted to keep in the curriculum.

Third-grade social studies teachers have been required to educate kids about the life of Keller, who despite being deaf and blind graduated from college and lived a life of activism and authorship.

The committee's had called "heroic", in reference to the battle, a "value-charged' term, according to the Texas Tribune".

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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?'"

As part of its assessment, each historical figure was given a numerical importance rating from 1 to 20 by committee members, according to the newspaper.

Curiously, however, this rubric gave flawless scores to local members of the Texas Legislature.

And a requirement that students explain how the "Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict" in the Middle East.

Hillary Clinton has been a significant figure in recent US history even before she became the first woman nominated for president by a major political party. Previously, slavery was merely included in a list of several factors. The board, however, added language that the expansion of slavery was the central cause of the Civil War.

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