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Texas education committee is pressured to REVERSE rec to remove ‘heroic’ when teaching Alamo

A Texas education committee is backtracking on its recommendation to omit the word ‘heroic’ when teaching about the men who guarded the Alamo in history class.

The Texas State Board of Education advisory committee revised their recommendation after receiving hundreds of calls and emails opposing last week’s recommendation, as well as facing growing backlash on social media.

Those against the change raised concerns that it could water down Texas history.

Their new suggestion says seventh grade students must learn of ‘the heroism of the diverse defenders’ at the Alamo and of William B Travis’ ‘victory or death’ letter.

The Texas State Board of Education's advisory panel suggested and has now reversed the suggestion for the change in efforts to tackle the restructuring of the curriculum, claiming that 'heroic' was a 'value-charged word'

The Texas State Board of Education’s advisory panel suggested and has now reversed the suggestion for the change in efforts to tackle the restructuring of the curriculum, claiming that ‘heroic’ was a ‘value-charged word’

The Texas State Board of Education’s advisory panel suggested the change last week in an effort to tackle the restructuring of the curriculum, claiming that ‘heroic’ was a ‘value-charged word.’

The curriculum currently states that the ‘siege of the Alamo and all of the heroic defenders who gave their lives there,’ according to Dallas News. The phrase ‘and all of the heroic defenders who gave their lives there’ would be cut.

‘Stop political correctness in our schools,’ Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said on last week.

‘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.’

George P. Bush, state land commissioner, also voiced his disdain for a plan to allow students to not have to write a separate assignment about ‘the Travis Letter,’ written by Lieutenant Colonel William Barrett Travis at the Alamo during the battle.  

‘This politically correct nonsense is why I’ll always fight to honor the Alamo defenders’ sacrifice,’ he said. ‘His letter & the defenders’ actions must remain at the very core of TX history teaching. This is not debatable to me.’ 

'Stop political correctness in our schools,' Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said last week

‘Stop political correctness in our schools,’ Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said last week

George P. Bush, state land commissioner, also voiced his disdain for a plan to allow students to not have to write a separate assignment about 'the Travis Letter,' written by Lieutenant Colonel William Barrett Travis at the Alamo during the battle

George P. Bush, state land commissioner, also voiced his disdain for a plan to allow students to not have to write a separate assignment about ‘the Travis Letter,’ written by Lieutenant Colonel William Barrett Travis at the Alamo during the battle

The letter could be included in overall Alamo teaching, however.

Debbie Ratcliffe, spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency, explained to the Dallas News that they had aimed to see if things could ‘be reduced by either deleting information, combining standards or clarifying.’

Ratcliffe added: ‘That was the goal. They suggested deleting the Travis letter because they think when teachers talk about the Alamo they will absolutely mention it, but not having it outlined specifically just meant teachers would spend less time on it.’

A vote is said to occur in November. 

A still from the 1960 movie The Alamo staring John Wayne

A still from the 1960 movie The Alamo staring John Wayne

The Battle of the Alamo is regarded as the climax of the Texas Revolution, but is regarded as a controversial topic in depicting who the actual heroes were

The Battle of the Alamo is regarded as the climax of the Texas Revolution, but is regarded as a controversial topic in depicting who the actual heroes were

The Battle of the Alamo is regarded as the climax of the Texas Revolution, but is seen as a controversial topic in depicting who the actual heroes were.

For ‘Anglo’ United States immigrants at the time, annexation meant freeing the state from the autocratic rule of Mexico and General Santa Ana. 

These white Texan immigrants also wanted to maintain slavery as the Mexican government had abolished all forms of the human enslavement in 1829. 

‘The early depictions of Texas history was good guys against bad guys, white guys against brown guys, democracy against tyranny,’ said James Crisp, a historian at North Carolina State University, according to Splinter News.

‘Then, there was a counter-story switching good guys and bad guys—the Americans were all racist, taking the Mexicans’ land. Both of those stories are way overly simplistic.’  

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