Article in the NYT about the politics of the social studies topic review in Texas. Why I hate this: Texas put out a set of standards for the entire state on a given subject. Those standards are then used for a state list of acceptable textbooks. All school districts in the state must choose from the list. Texas and California are the largest states which do this. Textbook publishers want to be on their list, so that they get bought in these large school districts. Textbook publishers tailor their books so that they get on the Texas and California lists. Practically every school district in the country, therefore, uses books that are published for the benefit of Texas and California, and they drive the entire nation's curriculum.