The Texas Board of Education has voted on a number of changes to the U.S. history curriculum. One of the more notable changes means that teachers are not required to educate their students about certain historical figures, like Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller, for example. Because both figures have been role models for many women over the years, representatives from the Texas Teachers Association have voiced their concern and disdain for the curriculum changes. These amendments do not ban teachers from implementing the figures in their lessons, but it makes teaching about them optional because they “simply didn’t meet the criteria to mandate their teachers teaching it in the classroom,” according to Steve Evans, chairman of the Lubbock County Republican Party. The final, decisive vote will occur in November, and the debate will likely continue until then.
For Further Reading:
Take a look at this article that discusses the College Board’s decision to cut down on thousands of years of history in their Advanced Placement World History course.
Do you think schools should be required to include certain historical figures in their curriculum? What should the criteria be for required historical figures and events?
If you think a worthy topic is not being discussed in the classroom, ask about it. Even if it is not a part of the official curriculum, you can start a conversation with your peers and teachers.