In an effort to streamline the social studies curriculum in Texas, education officials have voted to cut several historical figures from required lesson plans.
Members of a volunteer work group recommended the cuts. They created a rubric to determine scores for the more than 450 historical figures kids learn about in social studies classes, based on factors like whether the person had a lasting legacy or represented a diverse perspective.
Last week, the Texas State Board of Education approved more than five dozen figures for deletion. Among those they decided to cut were celebrities and businesspeople like Mary Kay Ash and Oprah Winfrey, historical figures like Helen Keller and John Hancock and politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barry Goldwater.
Our media partners at The Dallas Morning News have created a searchable database where you can see how each person scored (out of a maximum of 20 points for Grades 1-3 or 21 points for Grades 4-12) and whether the board has recommended they be eliminated.