Texas board of education tries to erase Hillary Clinton from history

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/09/15/texas-board-of-education-tries.html

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I’d rather we erase the Texas board of education.

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helen keller is less of a surprise than hilary, really. keller was a lifelong socialist and activist for human rights and labor rights. no wonder the texas board got rid of her.

edited to add the “ist” to socialist.

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Or at least replace it with one that isn’t completely compromised by bigots, sexists, Xtianists and Republican. But it’s Texas, so nuking it from orbit is the only way to be sure.

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speaking as a native texan, me too. me too.

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I can’t really hear the phrase “The Texas Board of Education” in my head without appending “So-and-so v” to the beginning of the phrase. It almost doesn’t sound right without that part.

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See what happens, Boing Boing?
https://boingboing.net/2018/09/14/100-magic-eraser-sponges-for.html

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They’ll be needing this:

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How many school children are there in Texas, and how much would it cost to get them all one of these:

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The board also tentatively approved restoring language…including references to Moses in lessons about America’s founding

Seriously?

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You’d think they would want to keep Goldwater.

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Typo. They obviously mean Charlton Heston.

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I’d like to think it was because he scored a zero, but they overruled Billy Graham, so why not Goldwater? Probably because he was a Jew.

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I dunno, I can’t recall in High School learning too much about “also rans”. History tends to focus on the winners. I mean it is a challenge to remember the losers in the races I lived through.

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Texas history should be re-written completely to speak about it as a vassal state to the US with the “Texas revolution” being more like Russia’s claim to Crimea but without the historical cultural basis.

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Dude… she was the first woman to be the a presidential candidate, she was Secretary of State under the first black president, first lady who was the most political active since Eleanor Roosevelt… she’s a significant figure in American history. Just because she lost the election doesn’t negate her actual accomplishments or her importance in American history. William Jennings Bryan ran for president several times, as did Eugene Debs, and they both lost, but we still talk about them, because they helped shape the political landscape of their time.

And no, history is written by historians, who are not longer just blinkered white men who only care about war and politics stemming from Europe.

And this is precisely WHY historians should write standards for textbook, instead of elected officials - because we actually have some expertise in making judgements about who is historically significant.

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First woman from a major party to be nominated is hardly an ‘also ran.’ Who was also Secretary of State? And First Lady? More like Unprecedented. And one of my favorite people I learned about in high school was Eugene V Debs.

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This doesn’t only affect Texas. It’s national.
https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2012/06/21/how-texas-inflicts-bad-textbooks-on-us/
It’s such a large market, textbook creators pander to Texas and that book gets used in states across the nation.

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Seriously. Crappy textbooks did a lot to put the current administration in power.

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