The Texas State Board of Education have elected to keep Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller and several other historical figures in the Texas social studies curriculum. Clinton, Keller and other figures were on the chopping block, but ultimately will remain as well as (much to the chagrin of leftest) the biblical figure Moses, who is currently listed as a basis of Law in the U.S. government curriculum.
The board undertook this curriculum streamlining effort to save teachers time and provide them more flexibility in the classroom. Students are resorting to rote memorization instead of real learning, the board said, and one way to tackle this would be to cut down on what they're required to learn.
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And finally on Wednesday, the board shot down an attempt by board member Erika Beltran, D-Fort Worth, and backed by all other five of the board's Democrats, to cut Moses from the high school U.S. government standard that describes him as an 'individual whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding documents'. "This particular individual, we have no evidence that he actually influenced the founding fathers," Beltran said, to which board member Bradley who objected replied, "I'm going to go ahead and err on the side of caution. I'd rather disagree with you than Moses."
The board also rejected a recommendation to remove a reference to the “heroism” of the defenders of the Alamo, meaning, as a Board of Education release said: "Texas schoolchildren will still learn of the heroic ‘Victory or Death’ letter penned by Lt. Col. William Barret Travis while besieged in the Alamo."
Carisa Lopez, political director of the leftist nonprofit Texas Freedom Network (which describes itself as the “state’s watchdog for monitoring far-right issues, organizations, money and leaders”), reacted to the latest vote by the board in expected ironic fashion:
"When it comes to writing curriculum standards for our kids’ schools, it’s painfully clear that the personal beliefs of politicians on the state board matter more than what countless historians and teachers have told them is factually true. Rather than teaching the truth, too many board members stubbornly mislead students on fundamental facts from our nation’s history. Texas kids deserve a lot better than a politicized version of history that fuels so many of the divisions in our country today."Bless Her Heart....
(The Dallas Morning News)
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