The State Board of Education in Texas voted on Friday, Sept 14, 2018, to eliminate several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller, from the state’s social studies curriculum. Source: Dallas Morning News
The vote Friday was preliminary. The board can amend the curriculum changes further before taking a final vote in November.
Each year, the board discusses and debates new classroom standards for Texas’ 5.4 million schoolchildren. Its members, currently five Democrats and 10 Republicans, are elected to four-year terms and represent specific geographic areas.
Texas Values, a conservative Christian political advocacy group, sent representatives before the board this week to speak out against removing “Judeo-Christian” heritage descriptions. On Friday, they applauded the board’s decision to keep them.
“In Texas, you don’t mess with the Alamo and you don’t mess with our Christian heritage. We applaud the majority of the State Board of Education for doing the right thing by restoring our foundational rights and history,” Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz said in a statement. “We are prepared to fight to protect these standards all the way to the end.”
Others criticized the board’s vote. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner urged boadmembers to add Clinton and Keller back into the curriculum.
“If Helen Keller was an important historical figure when I was in school (and she was), then she still is today,” tweeted Turner, D-Grand Prairie. “Clinton is the 1st and only woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party in U.S. history. Enough said.”