The elected State Board of Education in Texas has voted to eliminate the teaching of several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller, in the State’s public schools.
AUSTIN — 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 Texas, the State Board of Education voted on Friday to change what students in every grade are required to learn in the classroom. They approved the removal of several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller.
And what did they decide should replace study of these trailblazing women?
A work group tasked with the streamlining recommended axing American evangelist and Baptist pastor Billy Graham, but the state board added him back this week.
And Billy Graham wasn’t the only addition they made that went against the recommendations they had sought:
In effect, Texas teachers will be forced to promote a false historical narrative in service to the conservative Christian agenda.
Reporting on the story, The Dallas News explains:
The board also voted to add back into the curriculum… Moses’ influence on the writing of the founding documents, [and] multiple references to “Judeo-Christian” values…
In addition to promoting a false historical narrative concerning Moses and “Judeo-Christian” values, the board also elected to “add back into the curriculum a reference to the ‘heroism’ of the defenders of the Alamo.”
As you can probably guess, the State Board of Education in Texas is dominated by Republicans.
The board’s current makeup includes 10 Republicans, who usually are seen as either moderate or extremely conservative, and five Democrats.
Tuesday’s election did nothing to change that.
This is a pretty sad state of affairs. Partisan politics should not have this much influence in what our children are being taught. Our children deserve better.