Texas Hits a New Low, and Where Texas Goes, The Rest Follow.
Texas has decided to remove Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton from history books.
Two teachers from the group of board-nominated volunteers who recommended the changes told the Dallas Morning News that the state required students to learn about so many historical figures “it resulted in rote memorization of dates and names instead of real learning.” To decide whom to eliminate, they ranked “essential” figures by asking questions such as whether the person “triggered a watershed change,” was from an “underrepresented group,” or had an impact that would “stand the test of time.”
They were ranked on a 20-point scale: Clinton got a 5. Keller, a deaf-blind woman who was a political activist and author and graduated from college, got a 7. The group who recommended dropping the activist from the third-grade curriculum, saying she “does not best represent the concept of citizenship,” and instead military and first responders do.
Scrapping Keller will save teachers 40 minutes and Clinton 30 minutes, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Note what I've emphasized in bold: These SOBs want to define citizenship as militaristic and imperialist. I guess this shouldn't be surprising considering The US has always been both.
The Texas State Board of Indoctrination says it's about streamlining the curriculum, but anyone who has followed the situation in Texas and other Christofascist controlled states knows that's an outright lie.
Texas has done everything they can to whitewash history, drag scientific understanding back to a medieval level. This has been going on for many years.
Do I think Hillary should be scrapped from history books? No. But then, if we actually had competent history teachers, we likely wouldn't be so bloody ignorant. If nothing else, Hillary (And the rest of the pigs) should be used to show kids just how useless our electoral system really is.
As for Keller, the decision to scrap her pisses me off for many reasons, chief among them the fact that she was a pioneer for people with disabilities and a staunch labor activist and card carrying member of the Industrial Workers of the World, as I have mentioned multiple times before. Of course, our 'educational' system has completely whitewashed Keller in regards to said activism, but even the removal of that shows just how far the far-right are willing to go to sanitize history.
This also drives her point home that education is not the place to go for new ideas, as she said in an interview I've brought up in the past. And given my more recent experiences with college, I agree with her that college is not the place for new ideas.
If we're going to get anywhere as far as presenting new and better ideas, we should follow Australia's lead.