Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller to be removed from Texas history curriculum

Lester Mason
September 16, 2018

The Texas State Board of Education voted to remove several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller, from the state's social studies curriculum on Friday, reported the Dallas Morning News.

This isn't the first time curriculum decision have been called into question in the Lone Star State.

Why did the board vote to toss Clinton - the first female presidential nominee of a major party, who won more votes than the Republican candidate, Donald Trump; a US senator, a USA secretary of state; and a first lady - from the curriculum?

Helen Keller is now part of the third-grade curriculum in Texas.

Keller, who was blind and deaf, was known for her political activism, among other accomplishments.

The Texas Board of Education - known for a long line of controversies about what students should and shouldn't learn in social studies - has taken a step to remove Hillary Clinton from the curriculum. The 15-member group who developed the recommendation created a rubric that was used to identify which historical figures are "essential" for students to learn about and which ones are not. Keller scored a 7 out of 20. Hillary Clinton scored five points while Helen Keller scored seven points. The group determined that removing the two women from the Texas curriculum will save about an hour and 10 minutes of teaching time.

Subjects that board members voted to keep in the state curriculum include the "heroism" of those who defended the Alamo.

Reinsert references to "Judeo-Christian (especially biblical law)" in section on "major intellectual, philosophical, political, and religious traditions that informed the American founding". Students will also continue to be required to explain how the "Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict" in the Middle East.

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.

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.

"Definitely didn't cut enough and I said it several times in the meeting this is an injustice its absolutely a disservice to our teachers and to our students because we are putting upon them very high expectations that reasonable humans can not meet", Perez said.

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