According to the Dallas Morning News, the Texas State Board of Education, as part of an effort to "streamline" the social studies curriculum in public schools, has voted to remove figures such as Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from the collection of mandatory topics students in every grade are required to learn about in the classroom. And third-grade social studies teachers have long taught students about Keller's life of activism.
So, the volunteer work group was tasked with creating a rubric for grading historical figures to deem who was "essential" to learn about and who wasn't. Items on that rubric included whether a figure "triggered a watershed change", whether they "represented an underrepresented group", and whether their impact will "stand the test of time". Clinton scored 5 on 20-point scale.
Teachers who are on the board that made the recommendation said that the number of historical figures that teachers are required to include in their curriculum is so lengthy that students end up memorizing names and dates instead of really learning anything about each of them.
In addition, the board voted to add famed evangelist Billy Graham back to the curriculum following his death in February.
The board voted to keep the reference to Judeo-Christian values and their impact on the shaping of the USA history and political discourse.
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According to the Dallas Morning News, figures who received a ideal 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.
The maximum possible score that a historical figure could earn was 20 points.
By contrast, local members of the Texas Legislature (whom fourth-graders learn about) got a ideal score, as did Barbara Jordan, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Henry B. González. The change simply means they aren't required to teach students about them. There also are no plans at this time to update textbooks or other teaching materials, so any mention of them in these documents will remain.
The board voted on an approval of a first reading Friday. The final vote is in November. 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.
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