I swear I thought Hillary Rodham Clinton made “history” in 2016 when she became the first female to be nominated for president of the United States by a major political party.
She ran a tough race against Donald J. Trump, but lost the Electoral College vote to the 45th president of the United States.
But wait! The Texas State Board of Education — a body of 15 elected politicians who represent separate districts around the state — wants to remove any historical reference to Clinton from public school textbooks.
It also wants to remove any mention of Helen Keller, the social activist who became the first blind and deaf woman to earn a college degree.
I’m scratching my head over this stuff.
Is this the wave of the future in Texas? Are we doing to deny teaching our students about historical figures because they, um, might be unpopular or controversial?
Hillary Clinton also served for eight years as first lady of the United States. The was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York in 2000 and re-elected in 2006. She then served as secretary of state during President Obama’s first term.
First lady, senator, secretary of state? Then she became a Democratic Party presidential nominee?
That’s unworthy of study in public school curricula?
The SBOE decision is a tentative one. It can reverse itself in November when it casts a final vote.
I hope it does and returns these women of enormous accomplishment to the curricula to be studied by our public school students.