Texas’ conservative school board wants history textbooks that declare the U.S. was founded by devout Christians, reports the New York Times Magazine. Because of the state’s huge book-buying budget, publishers tend to give Texas — and most other states — what the board wants.
Recently, however — perhaps out of ire at what they see as an aggressive, secular, liberal agenda in Washington and perhaps also because they sense an opening in the battle, a sudden weakness in the lines of the secularists — some activists decided that the time was right to try to reshape the history that children in public schools study. Succeeding at this would help them toward their ultimate goal of reshaping American society. As Cynthia Dunbar, another Christian activist on the Texas board, put it, “The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”