Russell Shorto reports on a campaign to pressure "the most influential state board of education in the country" to recast its history books in a Christianist light. Brian Spears worries:

The problem...is that Texas has an outsized effect on the school textbook industry (for now, at least–e-books might lessen that grip in the future). What Texas wants, Texas tends to get, and that spills over into other states because textbook publishers don’t want to make multiple editions of the same book. So if Texas wants Magruder’s American Government to call the US Constitution an “enduring” document instead of a “living” document (even though the book has called it “living” since World War I, hardly a period of radical liberalism in US history), Texas gets the change.

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