The Texas State Board of Education, the governing body of education curriculum in the Lone Star State has decided students in public schools don’t need to learn about Hillary Clinton. The first woman nominated for President of the United States didn’t make the cut. Secretary Clinton has been eliminated from the history curriculum. This is no joke.
New curriculum standards will no longer require Texas high school students to learn about Hillary Clinton’s role as the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party https://t.co/AysssutWvZ pic.twitter.com/GwAwn1ziLF
— Austin Statesman (@statesman) September 14, 2018
But Hillary is not alone. Students in Texas will no longer be required to learn about Republican Barry Goldwater either, according to the Austin American Statesman, the “first ethnically Jewish presidential candidate from a major party and is considered the progenitor of the modern conservative movement.” Adios Barry!
But the idiocy doesn’t end there. Helen Keller, you’re a goner too. Helen Keller!
This is not a joke:
As part of an effort to "streamline" the social studies curriculum in Texas public high schools, the State Board of Education will eliminate references of figures like Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller in history classes. https://t.co/1jVetg3NQm
— Cynthia López Cabán (@cynthia_lope) September 15, 2018
The recommendations from the Republican-dominated board are not final. That vote comes in November. The move is an attempt to “streamline” the social studies curriculum in Texas.
The Dallas Morning News spoke with two teachers who sat on a group of board-nominated volunteers that made the recommendations, which the board can accept or reject. Both said the state requires students to learn too many historical figures, so the kids fall back on rote memorization of dates and names instead of real learning.
That 15-member volunteer work group came up with a rubric for grading every historical figure to find of who is “essential” to learn and who wasn’t. They asked questions like, Did the person trigger a watershed change? Was the person from an underrepresented group? Will their impact stand the test of time?
Out of 20 points, Keller scored a 7. Out of 21 points, Clinton scored a 5.