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The lessons on the Alamo should cut ‘heroic’ description, Texas panel advises

The social studies curriculum for 7th graders in Texas learn about the Alamo would allegedly be confronted with a number of new changes, at least one of which has drawn the ire of the governor.

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The social studies curriculum for the seventh graders in Texas learn about the Alamo would allegedly be confronted with a number of new changes, at least one of which has drawn the ire of the governor.

The removal of the word “heroic” to describe those who protected the Alamo was one of the items that are included in a report written by an advisory committee to the State Board of Education on how the structure of the curriculum, Dallas News reported on Friday.

As it stands now, curriculum of formulation of the topic is the “siege of the Alamo and all the heroic defenders who gave their lives there,” says the outlet.

However, the word in question was allegedly described as a “value-loaded” and the panel has proposed, do away with everything except the “siege of the Alamo.”

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The republican Gov. Greg Abbott took a firm stance on the proposition with the argument that the “political correctness in our schools” need to “stop”.

Stop the political correctness in our schools. Of course, Texas students need to learn that the Alamo defenders were ‘Heroic’! I expect that the State Board of Education to vote. Please Contact your SBOE Member to complain. @TXSBOE #txlege #tcot https://t.co/Ph9oBoBzKF

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 6, 2018

“Stop the political correctness in our schools. Of course, Texas students need to learn that the Alamo defenders were ‘Heroic’!” Abbott said in a tweet. “I expect that the State Board of Education to vote. Please Contact your SBOE Member to complain.”

State land commissioner George P. Bush took issue with another point of the statement, that wanted to do away with a mandate for students to describe the “Travis Letter”, written by Lt.-Colonel William Barrett Travis in the middle of the fight, the Dallas News reported.

This politically correct nonsense is why I will always fight for the honor of the Alamo defenders’ sacrifice. His letter and the defenders of the’ actions must remain at the core of the TX history. This is not a question to me. https://t.co/4QADkAIZIt

— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) September 6, 2018

“This politically correct nonsense is why I will always fight for the honor of the Alamo defenders’ sacrifice, ” Bush tweeted. “His letter and the defenders of the’ actions must remain at the core of the TX history. This is not a question to me.”

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The panel’s suggestion comes from an idea that teachers can instead, the letter as part of a broader lesson on the Alamo, the outlet reported.

State Board of Education Chairman Donna Bahorich on Friday tweeted that they are not in favor of “the removal of one of the most iconic characters in AMERICAN History for the 7th grade.” Her post was re-tweeted by the Texas State Board of Education.

Our @TXSBOE work committees have done an EXCELLENT job of streamlining the TX social studies standards, however, I do not support the removal of one of the most iconic characters in AMERICAN History for the 7th grade. #HeroesAll #txed #RememberTheAlamo https://t.co/E3LunswCrQ

— Donna Bahorich-TX SBOE Chair (@donnabahorich) September 7, 2018

Following criticism about the extensive curriculum requirements, the statement was made as a means to re-organize, Debbie Ratcliffe, spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency, told the Dallas News, adding that she tried to weigh, considerations, or something could be reduced by the removal of information, a combination of standards, or to clarify.”

“That was the goal,” Ratcliffe continued. “They asked for the removal of the Travis letter, because they think that when teachers talk about the Alamo, they absolutely will, but it does not have the described explicitly only addressed teachers spend less time on it.”

According to a tweet from the Board of Education, public hearing on social studies standards are set to be held on Tuesday. A vote on the issue will take place in November, the Dallas News reported.

The #TXSBOE hold public hearings Tuesday on language arts and reading textbooks and social studies standards. https://t.co/Rtvcq95st9 #txed

Texas SBOE (@TXSBOE) September 7, 2018

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