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Curriculum leaders in Texas no longer want students to be taught that the battle of the Alamo was a “heroic” event in American history.
A committee of the State Board of Education hopes to eliminate the word “heroic” from the state's curriculum because the term is “a value-charged word.”
Currently, the curriculum instructs teachers to educate seventh-grade students on “the siege of the Alamo and all the heroic defenders who gave their lives there.”
If the change is adopted, teachers will be instructed to ditch the patriotism and teach only “the siege of the Alamo.”
Many Texan leaders, including Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas), were frustrated by the committee's proposal.
This politically correct nonsense is why I’ll always fight to honor the Alamo defenders’ sacrifice. His letter & the defenders’ actions must remain at the very core of TX history teaching. This is not debatable to me. https://t.co/4QADkAIZIt
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) September 6, 2018
Stop political correctness in our schools. Of course Texas schoolchildren should be taught that Alamo defenders were ‘Heroic’! I fully expect the State Board of Education to agree. Contact your SBOE Member to complain. @TXSBOE #txlege #tcot https://t.co/Ph9oBoBzKF
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 6, 2018
ICYMI, its time to draw a line in the sand on political correctness in our schools. Contact your @TXSBOE member before next Tuesday and tell them the word “heroic” absolutely applies to the defenders of the Alamo. #txlege #tcot https://t.co/u5b06HoGDW
— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) September 7, 2018
How is this even a question here in Texas schools?! A little more than 180 men - gathered from all around the country with Texians - paid the ultimate price for an ideal bigger than themselves. They knew they were sacrificing their lives for Texas. Heroic! https://t.co/F1gBCqDjYI
— Matt Krause (@RepMattKrause) September 7, 2018
Even the chairwoman of the Texas Board of Education, Donna Bahorich, found the curriculum edits to be unnecessary.
Our @TXSBOE work committees have done an EXCELLENT job of streamlining TX social studies standards, however, I do not support deleting one of the most iconic letters in US History for 7th grade. #HeroesAll #txed #RememberTheAlamo https://t.co/E3LunswCrQ
— Donna Bahorich-TX SBOE Chair (@donnabahorich) September 7, 2018
Walter Buenger, a historian from the University of Texas said, “Part of the problem with the word heroic may be that it's too simplistic.”
Although Bahorich will not support changing the curriculum language, she is only one of 15 votes to approve or deny the change. The final vote will take place in November.