Additionally, the board is refusing to make several other changes to the curriculum recommended by experts for elimination, including the deletion of references to "Judeo-Christian values", and the alleged influence of Moses on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Texas schoolchildren will still learn of the heroic "Victory or Death" letter penned by Lt. Col. William Barrett Travis while besieged in the Alamo, under streamlined social studies curriculum standards given approval Friday by the State Board of Education to solicit public feedback.
Members of the volunteer work group that made such recommendations to the board said the state requires children to learn about too many historical figures. A work group made its recommendations to the board based on a rubric it created on how "essential" it was to learn about certain historical figures.
Removing specific figures from the education curriculum does not mean that they are prohibited from being taught, just that it is no longer mandatory to include them in teaching material. Eliminating Clinton from the requirements will save teachers 30 minutes of instructional time, the work group estimated, and eliminating Keller will save 40 minutes.
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Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential nominee, has been singled out as the first ethnically Jewish presidential candidate from a major party and primary architect of the modern conservative movement. Third-graders have been required to learn about Keller, a disability rights activist and the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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?'" After Texas Monthly magazine published an article on the debate, however, Abbott called on Texans to contact their education members members to "stop political correctness in our schools'".
The board desires college students to proceed explaining how the "Arab rejection of the Express of Israel has resulted in ongoing battle" in the Heart East, a requirement the committee recommending taking away.
Out of a possible 20 points, Keller nabbed seven and Clinton scored a measly five, according to the Dallas Morning News. Board members are able to amend their recommendations until then. Previous language included a list of factors, among them slavery and states' rights.