AUSTIN —Texas school children will be allowed to understand that defenders of the Alamo were truly heroes. But on the flip side, the State Board of Education created waves by eliminating readings on Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller.
In the board’s ongoing efforts to do what they call "streamlining" the social studies curriculum in Texas, the State Board of Education voted Friday to make changes on what students in every grade are required to learn in the classroom. In their decision, the board voted to remove several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from the state’s curriculum.
“I think it is pretty sad” Mary Ann Travenaugh a former middle school Teacher from South Texas said Friday after learning of the decision. “You have to have mixed feelings about if you are an educator.”
Leslie Grande doesn’t agree. “Why should our children learn about Clinton? We can say all of these great things about her but ignore the tragedies such as Benghazi and the S&L scandal? We shouldn’t teach about her.”
I reached out to Ruben Cortez, Jr. who is secretary of the board and the Corpus Christi area’s elected board member. Cortez has yet to respond, which is not very surprising from the Valley based politician.
“Is the board trying to make a political statement or trying to teach the kids how to use their heads?” Travenaugh said. “Why don’t we teach history and let the kids decide which side they are on?”
The board’s decision is not final until November when they will take their final vote.