Texas Education Board votes to cut Hillary Clinton’s name from student curriculum

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The Texas Board of Education voted to remove historical figures including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from their required social studies curriculum in a bid to "streamline" content taught in history classes across the state.

It is worth noting that Friday's vote was only preliminary and that changes can be made before the final vote is made in November.

The group tasked with making the recommendations came up with criteria to rank historical figures so that students would only have to focus on the "essential ones".

Why did the board vote to toss Clinton - the first female presidential nominee of a major party, who won more votes than the Republican candidate, Donald Trump; a USA senator, a US secretary of state; and a first lady - from the curriculum? Students are still required to learn about Bill Clinton. Keller was a deaf and blind woman who graduated from college and became an activist. 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?"

Out of a possible 20 points, Keller nabbed seven and Clinton scored a measly five, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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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.

While Clinton and Keller were scrapped, evangelist and Baptist pastor Billy Graham - who was also recommended for removal by the committee - was spared.

Amendments to the curriculum can be made before that time.

Although Clinton and Keller, along with other historical figures, were removed from the curriculum, that does not mean teachers are prohibited from including them in lessons. The vote also reinserted the phrase "Judeo-Christian (especially biblical law)" in a section on political, philosophical and religious traditions that influenced the founding of the United States.

"Definitely didn't cut enough and I said it several times in the meeting this is an injustice its absolutely a disservice to our teachers and to our students because we are putting upon them very high expectations that reasonable humans can not meet", Perez said.

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