By April, her vocabulary was growing by more than a dozen words a day, and in May she began to read and arrange sentences using raised words on cardboard.
They voted to remove several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller. The vote today was preliminary. The board, which is elected to represent geographic areas, will take a final vote on these curriculum changes in November and can make further amendments before then.
The Dallas Morning News reached out to all 15 members of the state Board of Education for comment about the Clinton and Keller deletions.
In speaking to teachers and testifiers, they did not mention these specific deletions. Barry Goldwater was also removed from this teaching requirement. A work groups tasked with the streamlining recommended axing American evangelist and Baptist pastor Billy Graham, but the state board added him back earlier this week.
Third-grade social studies teachers have also been required to educate kids about the life of Keller, who despite being deaf and blind went on to college and a life of activism and authorship.
The News spoke with two teachers who sat on a group of volunteers that made these recommendations to the board.
Both said the state requires students to learn too many historical figures, so the kids fall back on rote memorization of dates and names instead of real learning. They asked questions like, Did the person trigger a watershed change?
Was the person from an underrepresented group? Will their impact stand the test of time?
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Out of 20 points, Keller scored a 7. Out of 21 points, Clinton scored a 5. Eliminating Clinton from the requirements will save teachers 30 minutes of instructional time, the work group estimated, and eliminating Keller will save 40 minutes.
Austin and Henry B. Earlier this year the work group split up, and each took a group of figures to grade using the rubric, according to the two teachers, who both said they wanted to keep politics out of the decisions. Fourth-graders have to learn about 69, and in eighth grade, when students take the STAAR social studies test, they must learn about 50 historical figures.
Neither Poth nor Matthews said they were in the small group that made the decisions about Clinton and Keller. Military and first responders are best represented. These groups — made up of volunteers nominated by the state board — made dozens of recommendations.
The state board accepted many of the changes and rejected some.
Here are some of the changes the board approved today: Grade 7 Reinsert requirement to learn the William B. The work group had recommended cutting it.Helen Keller was born in June in Tuscumbia, northwest Alabama.
Afflicted at the age of 19 months with an unknown illness (possibly scarlet fever or meningitis) that left her blind and deaf, Keller went on to achieve many remarkable feats, publishing 14 books and becoming world-renowned as a.
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, edited by Roger Shattuck, Why I Love This Version of Helen Keller's Life, Psychology, Education and Intellect This is a brilliantly edited volume. Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, , on a farm near Tuscumbia, Alabama.A normal infant, she was stricken with an illness at 19 months, probably scarlet fever, which left her blind and deaf.
Helen Keller’s achievements are remarkable for any person, but they are absolutely astounding for a deaf and blind woman born before the arrival of women’s suffrage and before significant consideration was given to the rights of the disabled.
Photographs of Helen Keller, the world-renowned advocate for the deaf and the blind who suffered from both handicaps herself, are not hard to come by.
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