Hillary Clinton failed to win the White House in 2016 and, two years later, the state of Texas has all but made sure Clinton’s attempt won’t be easily remembered. A recent vote by the Texas Board of Education has officially removed the former presidential nominee and secretary of state from social studies curriculums.
As Fox News reports, the decision to have her removed from a list of required lecture material for teachers was made to “streamline” or shorten the curriculum in the state.
The preliminary vote, which occurred on Friday, was taken by a 15-member, board-nominated volunteer work group. The group was responsible for measuring the significance of a historical figure and whether the person was “essential to learn about and who wasn’t.”
“To determine their choices, the group asked a series of questions about the historical figures’ background and legacy,” Fox News reported.
Hillary only scored a 5 of a potential 20 points for historical significance. Another name chosen by the group for removal was that of blind and deaf political activist Helen Keller, who scored 7 points.
“Eliminating Clinton from the requirements will save teachers 30 minutes of instructional time, the work group estimated, and eliminating Keller will save 40 minutes,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
Some other names added or verified to the curriculum garnered perfect scores from the group, per Fox News:
On the other hand, several historical Texas figures — such as Barbara Jordan, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Henry B. González, among others — received a perfect score.
“Our task was to simplify. … We tried to make it as objective as possible,” Misty Matthews, a teacher in Round Rock, Texas, told the publication, which added that high school students in the state were previously required to learn about Clinton, a former first lady and the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. Third-graders were required to learn about Keller.
Another name added to the curriculum is famed evangelist Billy Graham — who passed away earlier this year.
What’s more, “the board also voted to add back into the curriculum a reference to the “heroism” of the defenders of the Alamo (something that had been recommended for removal), as well as Moses’ influence on the writing of the 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,” the newspaper reported.
As Fox News points out, teachers within the school systems have the flexibility to include Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller to their personal curriculums but are no longer required to do so.
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— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 17, 2018
A final vote to confirm any removals or additions to the school curriculum will be taken in November.
Some people online were ok with the decision:
Most people can’t name all 45 Presidents and I can guarantee even less know all the losing candidates. The kids will be fine.
— Nick S (@thesonx) September 17, 2018
Hillary needs to go away..
— tatyana shnayder (@tatyanashnayder) September 17, 2018
I don’t know why they would remove Helen Keller but removing HRC is a no brainer. Who would want to teach their their children to use the same methods as HRC. She lies, is corrupt, wants power at any cost and changes her opinion based on audience. Not a fine example to follow.
— Scott Smith (@ConservativeSco) September 17, 2018
Still wondering why Helen Keller. Dumping crooked hillery is an obvious good move.
— Vincent Black (@BlackStormRages) September 17, 2018
good……HRC didn’t belong in the Social Studies forum in the 1st place……Keller is a different story……
— Stan (@sbooth59) September 17, 2018
Several other people who commented only correlated the removal of Clinton from the curriculum to the decision to have Confederate statues removed or taken down.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.