Remember, Texas has a very large student population and buys many text books. As a result many text book companies follow what Texas requires and forces it on the rest of the nation. Personally, I seldom base what I discuss with my students on what is presented in a text book. But that is not true for many of my colleagues. I use my own notes that I have compiled over the years.
Texas ready for textbook showdown
Board to vote on curriculum changes some call ‘backward’
Social conservatives on the 15-member Republican-dominated board are optimistic they will be able to push through curriculum changes that, according to board member and conservative Texas lawyer Cynthia Noland Dunbar, “promote patriotism.”
Among the recommendations facing a final vote: adding language saying the country's Founding Fathers were guided by Christian principles and including positive references to the Moral Majority, the National Rifle Association and the GOP’s Contract with America.
Other amendments to the state's curriculum standards for kindergarten through 12th grade would minimize Thomas Jefferson's role in world and U.S. history because he advocated the separation of church and state; require that students learn about "the unintended consequences" of affirmative action; assert that "the right to keep and bear arms" is an important element of a democratic society; and rename the slave trade to the "Atlantic triangular trade.”