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Houston, We've Got A Problem...

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumSep 20, 2009 9:54 PM

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Phil's just informed us of a proposal from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills review team to remove Neil Armstrong’s name from 5th grade textbooks because 'he was not a scientist.' What?!Armstrong was an engineer, professor, and it also happens he took one giant leap for mankind... on the moon!

According to the Houston Chronicle, Colin Powell, Nathan Hale, Eugene Debs, John Steinbeck, Carl Sagan, and Mother Teresa are among over 50 people proposed to be cut. According to board member Barbara Cargill, they "don't want to burden textbooks with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of names."

I can't help but wonder what makes these particular individuals most forgettable.

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