Texas is the largest text book purchaser, therefore the majority of the textbooks published meet their standards, which the rest of the country is forced to buy.
More info on the standards, or more like lack thereof:
Texas BOE Removes Jefferson From History Standard : Dispatches from the Culture Wars
Just because it's popular doesn't mean it's not fucking retarded. I bet eating your own shit is popular among crazy people with diapers too.
I would like to quote someone who posted (not me) to the comments section on the Blog that you linked-out.
"As much as I agree with the sentiment, I can tell you that as a teacher, we don't need to overreact to these.
Honestly, teachers will cover the material in the standards but if a teacher actually sticks to ONLY the standards in my opinion he is not doing his job.
Again - I agree with your sentiment. Texas is having BIG BIG issues. Just don't underestimate teachers
As I stated before, teachers will have a final say on what gets supplemented in the curriculum. The textbook that I currently use says nothing about Kings "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" (eventhough it was specified on the 1998 version of the TEKS standards), but my kids still learn about his stance on Just and Unjust Laws because I make them read and analyze the damn thing.
I am sure that the textbook companies are quite aware of the political ramblings going on in Texas. It is a big state, but there are other states that are also looking for their standards to be met.
I'm going to walk out on a limb here and bet....I will never snowboard again......that Thomas Jefferson will remain in history books despite Texas removing him from their standards document. You know what......Ol' Hobbes, his Leviathan, Rousseau and the Enlightenment that he regretfully promoted will probably survive the Texas redline, too.
I will say, though, I must really be ill because I am engaging in an internet forum debate on a Friday night with someone who drove his point home with the following quote.
"I bet eating your own shit is popular among crazy people with diapers too."
I'm going to go hit the Nyquil and see if maybe that quote makes better sense to me.