Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Texas Board of Education votes to remove Hillary Clinton from history curriculum

Texas Board of Education votes to remove Hillary Clinton from history curriculum

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 State of Texas has voted to remove Hillary Clinton, former US senator, Secretary of State and the first woman to be nominated by a major political party for president, from its history books.

"Militia and first responders are most efficient represented", the divulge's Board of Education's advisory committee urged sooner than a vote on the change Friday. The board can also make amendments to the curriculum before then.

The board voted to keep the reference to Judeo-Christian values and their impact on the shaping of the United States history and political discourse.

The vote to remove Clinton and Keller came after a 15-member, board-nominated volunteer work group created a scale to grade historical figures, according to the outlet.

Removing specific figures from the education curriculum does not mean that they are prohibited from being taught, just that it is no longer mandatory to include them in teaching material.

Eliminating Clinton from the required curriculum will save teachers 30 minutes of instructional time, one work group estimated, and eliminating Keller will save 40 minutes, the The Dallas Morning News reports. Board members stated that the decision was part of an effort to "streamline" the state's curriculum.

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The committee has called "heroic", in reference to the Battle of Alamo, a "value-charged" term.

Keller, who was a political activist and the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree, scored a seven.

Clinton was the first female presidential nominee of a major party.

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

Clinton, along with other figures, was labeled "not necessary" with a score of five points out of 20.

The board desires college students to proceed explaining how the "Arab rejection of the Express of Israel has resulted in ongoing battle" in the Heart East, a requirement the committee recommending taking away. Also recommended for deletion but still kept in by the board: references to the "heroism" of defenders of the Alamo, which is problematic because those men were fighting, in part, for the right to practice slavery.

Although multiple Democrats wanted slavery singled out as the cause of the Civil War, the board voted to retain listing sectionalism and states' rights as "contributing factors' for the conflict".

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