Texas board votes to eliminate Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from history curriculum

Sep 17, 2018

By Lauren McGaughy

History curriculum in Texas remembers the Alamo but could soon forget Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller.

As part of an effort to “streamline” the social studies curriculum in public schools, the State Board of Education voted Friday to adjust what students in every grade are required to learn in the classroom. Among the changes, board members approved the removal of several historical figures, including Clinton and Keller, from the curriculum.

The board also voted to keep in the curriculum a reference to the “heroism” of the defenders of the Alamo, which had been recommended for elimination, as well as Moses’ influence on the writing of the nation’s founding documents, multiple references to “Judeo-Christian” values and a requirement that students explain how the “Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict” in the Middle East.

The vote Friday was preliminary. The board can amend the curriculum changes further before taking a final vote in November.

Barbara Cargill, a Republican board member from Houston and former chairwoman, said work groups recommended removing Clinton and Keller, and the board agreed.

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2 comments on “Texas board votes to eliminate Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from history curriculum

  • When you let the people vote for these positions this is what you get. A board that doesn’t represent the majority of the people. Make voting mandatory. Or, heaven forbid, let the universities select members for the board of education.

    I wonder if they’ve asked any professors recently how good a job they feel the BOE has been doing as determined by the level their Freshmen?

  • @OP – The board also voted to keep in the curriculum a reference to the “heroism” of the defenders of the Alamo, which had been recommended for elimination,

    When muppets are appointed to education boards, their “history studies” tend to be limited to Hollywood versions of events, rather than that hard-work technical stuff – so the film version of “Davey Crockett”, is probably a central feature of their history “education”!!

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