Texas school children will no longer be required to learn about Hillary Clinton after the Texas State Education Board eliminated Clinton from the state required curriculum.
Along with Clinton, disability activist Helen Keller was also removed from the state’s history course, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The board re-evaluated Keller and Clinton based on a series of criteria, including life-long impact. for Clinton, while she was the first woman to win the nomination for president of the nation’s two major political parties, she has no lasting, or standout accomplishments otherwise.
The board decided that Clinton sponsored no important legislation as a U.S. Senator, she did nothing special as Secretary of State, and she is not responsible for any seminal change in the country.
While the board found that Hellen Keller had more points in her favor than Clinton, she also did not meet enough of the requirements to stay in the curriculum. Keller is the deaf and blind woman who helped bring awareness to the plight of the afflicted and created a school for the deaf. Despite her physical troubles she graduated college, became a writer, and lived a life of activism.
The paper noted:
The 15-member work group came up with a rubric for grading every historical figure to rank who is “essential” to learn and who isn’t. The formula 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. Eliminating Clinton from the requirements will save teachers 30 minutes of instructional time, the work group estimated, and eliminating Keller will save 40 minutes.
Conservative stalwart, U.S. Senator, and one-time Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater was also removed from the teaching materials, the report says.
As we reported here last week, the same board ultimately decided to continue labeling the defenders of the Alamo as the “heroes of the Alamo” and to leave them in the curriculum, despite some efforts to scrub the period from the curriculum.
These determinations would not prevent these historical figures from being mentioned or taught in the classroom and the board is not re-evaluating current textbooks at this time. But the removals will reportedly save teachers several hours a year that can be dedicated to other things since these figures are no longer required learning.
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