Texas votes to cut Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from school history texts

by Mariam Sharia

The Texas Board of Education has voted to remove Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller, and several other historical figures from the K-12 social studies curriculum, according to a report from USA Today.

The vote was made following recommendations on revisions from the Texas Education Agency, which established a working group to review current curriculum standards.

The board says its decision to remove certain historical figures is not a ban on teaching about them, reports the Dallas Morning News. Instead, teaching about figures like Keller and Clinton optional.

The decision was triggered after several members of the 15-person working group concluded there were too many historical figures for Texas kids to have to remember.

Also on the chopping block: Lessons about Barry Goldwater, the first Jewish candidate to run for president from a major party.

High schoolers had previously learned about Hillary Clinton under a "citizenship" portion of the curriculum which included "significant political and social leaders" such as Andrew Carnegie, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Thurgood Marshall.

Similarly, third-graders learned about Keller in a lesson about "the characteristics of good citizenship."

According to the rubric for inclusion, Clinton scored a 5 out of 21 points. Keller scored a 7 out of 20. Teachers will still be required to teach lessons on former president Bill Clinton.

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