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.More news: Meghan Markle birthday well-wishers receive thank you cards from duchess
The Dallas News reports that the criteria "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?'" By the group's gauge, Clinton received just 5 points out of 20; Keller got 7.
Up until now, third-grade social studies teachers have been required to educate Texas students about Helen Keller, the subject of the play and film The Miracle Worker who was left blind and deaf by illness in early childhood yet learned to communicate and became the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. Eliminating Clinton from the requirements will save teachers 30 minutes of instructional time, the work group estimated, and eliminating Keller will save 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.More news: Joe Mixon to Undergo Knee Procedure, Will Miss 2 Weeks
Misty Matthews, a teacher in Round Rock, told the Morning News that the goal was to "simplify" the curriculum. "We tried to make it as objective as possible". "Simply because they're names are not on a list of standards is absolutely not an indication that teacher will not teach about Helen Keller and all the good work did or Hillary Clinton and everything that she accomplished that's absolutely not the case the standards are the are minimum the base standards of what have to be taught", said Perez.
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". The curriculum will also require students to explain how the "Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict" in the Middle East.More news: NYSC Scandal: Kemi Adeosun ‘Resigns’ As Nigeria’s Finance Minister
"Military and first responders are best represented", the state's Board of Education's advisory committee recommended prior to a vote on the change Friday.