PHOTO: AP/ Patrick Semansky
Article by Bryan Howard
September 15, 2018
On Friday the Texas Board of Education voted to remove teaching about Hillary Clinton in Social Studies curriculum. The reason they cut Hillary Clinton and others from being taught was to remove wasted time.
The Dallas Morning News reported on how the 15 board members came up with a system on who to cut from the curriculum.
“The Dallas Morning News spoke with two teachers from the group of board-nominated volunteers that made the recommendations. Both said the state required students to learn about so many historical figures that it resulted in rote memorization of dates and names instead of real learning.”
“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?” ”
Another person who was cut is political activist Helen Keller who only scored a 7 out of 20 on the rubric grading scale. However, Clinton scored a pathetic score of a 5. The Group projects removing Clinton from the curriculum will save 30 minutes for the teacher of wasted time.
Removing Hillary Clinton from being taught is great but their was even greater news from this board on what did make the cut to be taught. Earlier “Preserve Conservative Values” reported activists were trying to remove the term heroism in reference to the Alamo, but the board voted to keep the term heroism in describing the Alamo.
In addition, the board voted to add Billy Graham — the famed evangelist who died earlier this year — back into the curriculum.
In High Schools the board voted to reinsert references to Jedeo-Christian values in the American Founding.
According to the Dallas Morning News they added,
- “Reinsert references to “Judeo-Christian (especially biblical law)” in section on “major intellectual, philosophical, political, and religious traditions that informed the American founding.” “
- “Reinsert the biblical figure of Moses and remove Thomas Hobbes from section on “individuals whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding.” “
- Reinsert reference to “German invasions of Poland and the Soviet Union, the Holocaust, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Normandy landings, and the dropping of the atomic bombs” from section on “the major causes and events of World War II.” Remove “Japanese imperialism” from that list.
- Reinsert “Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict” in section on “the rise of independence movements in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia and reasons for ongoing conflicts.”
- Reinsert reference to “the Judeo-Christian legal tradition” in section on “the development of democratic-republican government from its beginnings.”
- Remove the phrase “describe the optimism of the many immigrants who sought a better life in America” in a section on “social issues affecting women, minorities, children, immigrants, and urbanization.”
- Reinsert a reference to “eugenics” in a section on “causes and effects of events and social issues such as immigration, Social Darwinism, the Scopes Trial, race relations, nativism, the Red Scare, Prohibition, and the changing role of women.”
Updated: Individuals removed from the curriculum can be taught by teachers if they choose, but it is no longer required to teach about them.