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Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller to be removed from Texas history curriculum

16 September 2018

The Texas Board of Education on Friday voted to remove Clinton and Keller from the state's social studies curriculum after both received low scores on a questionnaire about historical figures' background and legacy.

According to the Morning News, students were previously given an assignment to "evaluate the contributions of significant political and social leaders in the United States", including Hillary Clinton, Andrew Carnegie, Thurgood Marshall and Sandra Day O'Connor.

The vote, which was preliminary, came after a 15-member, board-nominated volunteer work group created a scale to grade historical figures, determining which were "essential to learn about and who wasn't", The Dallas Morning News reported. The group would ponder things like whether the historical figure triggered a watershed change or if he or she were from an underrepresented group.

Out of 20 points, Keller scored a 7 and Clinton scored a 5.

Helen Keller, the first blind and deaf person to become a college graduate, may also be removed from the mandatory list of historic figures taught at Texas schools if the proposal is approved at a final vote in November after a designated period of public response expires. The removal of Clinton is estimated to save teachers some 30 minutes, while Keller's exit from the curriculum will allow to save another 40 minutes. Among other historical figures who were voted upon were Barry Goldwater, who the board voted to remove from the curriculum, and Baptist pastor Billy Graham, who they voted to keep in the curriculum.

"There were hundreds of people", Misty Matthew, a Round Rock teacher, told the Dallas Morning News about the students' lessons. Board members are able to amend their recommendations until then.

The committee has called "heroic", in reference to the Battle of Alamo, a "value-charged" term. The process will remove some of the content taught and not tested in Texas classrooms.

In 2010, controversy erupted over a bid by conservatives on the State Board of Education to label the grotesque American slave trade by the innocuous term the "Atlantic triangular trade". "It won't take that long to teach about either woman. they happen to be part of history", tweeted pundit Greta Van Susteren.

The board also will not make changes to textbooks or other instrumental material.

Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller to be removed from Texas history curriculum