Hillary Clinton didn’t win the state of Texas. Now, she could be written out of its history books for good.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Clinton and several other figures could be kept out of the Texas school curriculum in the future, if a vote this week holds.
“As part of an effort to ‘streamline’ the social studies curriculum in public schools, the State Board of Education voted Friday to adjust what students in every grade are required to learn in the classroom,” the Dallas Morning News reports.
“Among the changes, board members approved the removal of several historical figures, including Clinton and Helen Keller, from the curriculum.”
“The board also voted to keep in the curriculum a reference to the ‘heroism’ of the defenders of the Alamo, which had been recommended for elimination, as well as Moses’ influence on the writing of the nation’s founding documents, multiple references to ‘Judeo-Christian’ values and a requirement that students explain how the ‘Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict’ in the Middle East.”
So, in other words, plenty of reason for liberal outrage. According to the Morning News, students had previously been learning about Clinton in their classes.
“High schoolers have been required to learn about Clinton, who was the first woman to win a major political party’s presidential nomination, in history class,” the Morning News reported.
“Under a section about citizenship, students were assigned to ‘evaluate the contributions of significant political and social leaders in the United States’ including Clinton, Andrew Carnegie, Thurgood Marshall and Sandra Day O’Connor.”
Work groups recommended the deletion of Clinton and Keller from the curriculum, and the board approved.
“In speaking to teachers and testifiers, they did not mention these specific deletions,” said Barbara Cargill, a Republican board member hailing from Houston.
To be fair, Barry Goldwater was also eliminated from the curriculum. However, Clinton’s omission will be the one that gets the most attention.
For my money, I think that she should be included, along with Donald Trump. The 2016 election was a watershed moment in American politics and students will have to study it eventually.
However, what I want is a realistic view of the 2016 Democrat standard-bearer. I don’t want to hear “I’m With Her” propaganda about how she broke ground by being the first female major-party nominee. I don’t want students to read weepy stories about Democrats taking their daughters to the voting booths with them, only to be foiled by MAGA hat-wearers across the country.
No, the Hillary I want students to hear about is the one that had classified information on her private email server. I want them to hear about the Hillary who told investigators she didn’t know (C) stood for “classified.”
I want them to hear about the “basket of deplorables,” the woman who stood by her husband during every sexual misdeed he was accused of during the 1990s, the Clinton Foundation, “the vast right-wing conspiracy,” the lies, the hate, the whole package.
If they’re going to “evaluate the contributions of significant political and social leaders in the United States” like Clinton, they should evaluate it in that light. Maybe then the result of the 2016 election, so shocking to so many, will come into focus for them.
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