Sep 15, 2018

Texas votes to remove certain historical figures from required teaching

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The Texas State Board of Education has preliminarily approved to remove figures like Hilary Clinton and Helen Keller from mandatory school curriculums, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The big picture: The work groups that made the recommendation believe students are being required to learn too many historical dates and names "instead of real learning," per DMN. The current Texas curriculum requires third-graders to learn around 36 historical figures, fourth-graders learn around 69, and eighth-graders have to learn about 50.

How it happened: The work group graded historical figures by a rubric, ranking who was "essential" to learn. The items deleted from the curriculum can still be talked about and taught in the classroom, but they are no longer required.

  • The questions the group had to answer, per DMN, included: "Did the person trigger a watershed change"; "Will their impact stand the test of time"; "Was the person from an underrepresented group?"
  • The group also voted on other phrases, events and figures to either have deleted or reinserted into the required state curriculum.

What's next: The matter can still be overturned as a final vote takes place in November.

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What he's saying: "While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us that 'the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.' The fight for justice is what our campaign has been about. The fight for justice is what our movement remains about."

Fed temporarily lifts Wells Fargo's growth restrictions

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The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it will temporarily lift Wells Fargo’s growth restrictions, which were put in place following the bank’s customer abuse scandals.

Why it matters: The Fed’s only reason for lifting the cap is so Wells Fargo can dole out more loans to struggling small businesses as part of the government’s coronavirus aid package. Earlier this week, the bank said it could only lend a total of $10 billion, thanks to Fed restrictions that it can’t grow its assets beyond $1.95 trillion.

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