NCSE still lying about Texas's influence on textbooks!
. . because of the state’s enormous purchasing power for textbooks, Texas’s standards will ultimately affect textbooks nationwide. The board spent more than $200 million on K-12 textbooks last year—buying more high school science books than any other state. “Publishers typically write their textbooks to Texas standards and then sell those books to smaller states,” explains Kathy Miller of the civil liberties watchdog Texas Freedom Network. If the board rejects a textbook, it can destroy a publisher.
As I said before, school systems in other states are not required -- and are not even under any particular pressure -- to adopt Texas-approved textbooks. And even local school districts in Texas can use state-unapproved textbooks if the districts are willing to pay the full costs, which isn't much for individual textbooks. A popular biology textbook, "Biology" by Ken Miller and Joe Levine, comes in regular, Texas, California, Florida, and North Carolina editions.
But all is not lost. Professors in Texas and elsewhere are privately planning to boycott college textbooks from any publishers who let the board taint high school textbooks.
I doubt that it is possible to organize such a boycott that would be effective, and such a boycott would unfairly target textbook publishers that are heavily involved in both the high school and college markets. The Darwinists are really desperate to consider such a move.
Labels: Texas controversy (new #2)