Texas Board of Education to remove Hillary Clinton from school history lessons

Greg Evans
Saturday 15 September 2018 15:45
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The board of education in Texas has voted to remove several key historical figures from their curriculum, one of which is Hillary Clinton.

On Friday, the State Board of Education in Texas voted to have the likes of Clinton and author and political activist Helen Keller removed from their social studies curriculum.

Speaking to The Dallas Morning News, Barbara Cargill, a representative of the board said:

The recommendation to eliminate Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton were made by [Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills] workgroups.

However, the board did vote to agree with the work groups' recommendations. In speaking to teachers and testifiers, they did not mention these specific deletions.

This decision was come to after the members of the board were attempting to 'streamline' the overall curriculum for students in the state.

Hillary Clinton has been part of their curriculum since the 2016 presidential election as she was the first woman to ever be a presidential nominee for a major party in the US.

Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to Bachelor of Arts degree and later became an activist for people with disabilities.

However, despite those notable achievements, the volunteer work group felt that children in Texas have to learn about too many historical figures and have decided to cut them.

They came to this decision after they created a grading system to deem who they felt were "essential" figures to learn about.

Things to consider included whether they instigated a watershed moment or if they represented a minority group. The Hill reports Clinton scored a five on the 20 scale, while Keller scored a seven.

It should be noted that this was only a preliminary vote and the final decision set to come in November.

HT The Hill

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