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AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas State Board of Education agreed to new social studies standards on Friday after the far-right faction wielded its power to shape the lessons that will be taught to millions of students on American history, the U.S. free enterprise system, religion and other topics. In a vote of 11-4, the board preliminarily adopted the new curriculum after days of charged debate marked by race and politics. In dozens of smaller votes passed over the three days, the ultra-conservatives who dominate the board nixed all but a few efforts to recognize the diversity of race and religion in Texas. Decisions by the board — long led by the social conservatives who have advocated ideas such as teaching more about the weaknesses of evolutionary theory — affects textbook content nationwide because Texas is one of publishers' biggest clients. As part of the new curriculum, the elected board — made up of lawyers, a dentist and a weekly newspaper publisher among others — rejected a

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Comment by Nick Barnett
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When the libs were picking the books, it was socialist indoctrination... now that the necons can put their two cents in, it'll be more of the same.

Comment by Richard Stone
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 The tide is changing, the Libs better get used to it. America is finally getting back on track. This is what real hope and real change is all about. 2010 is going to be a great year for progress but not for the progressives.

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