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POSTED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:43pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 7:16pm

The Common Core curriculum is getting some heat again.

This time about some English lessons.

The Common Core school curriculum is used in 45 states.

But, not here in Texas.

But, some feel political statements are being masked as English lessons in elementary school classrooms.

And now a number of education centers who oppose Common Core are making sure these English lessons are edited.

"What started out as a good idea was morphed into a far left slanted curriculum," said Grassroots America board member Rick Eisenbach.

Education has fundamentally been up to the state.

But, the Common Core curriculum follows national standards and some are concerned about the impact it has on students.

''Some of these lesson plans parents are finding objectionable," said Founder of Education Action Group Kyle Olson.

Pearson, one of the largest textbook companies in the country, printed an English lesson with issues relating to the government.

The lesson ask  fifth grade students to edit sentences such as "the president makes sure the laws of the country are fair" , and "the wants of an individual are less important than the well being of the nation."

"Factually that's inaccurate," said Olson.  

The judicial branch makes sure laws are fair, not the president.

"The things that Common Core as well as many of the C scope lessons actually interfere with or go against what's written in the constitution," said Eisenbach.

Olson's group is one of the organizations asking Pearson to revise these Common Core lessons.

"It's that sort of thing I think parents are concerned about that one students are getting inaccurate information but then two they also conflict with the founding principals of our country," said Olson.  

But, those who support Common Core say it's just another reason for Republicans to point out the federal government's flaws.

"Anything the president is for even if the Republican Party was for it before then their opposed to it," said Smith County Democratic Party Chair David Henderson.

Statement from Pearson:

"These questions appear in a fifth-grade unit of Pearson’s Reading Street, an English Language Arts program. They accompany a selection called Hold The Flag High, which is a story about soldiers during the Civil War. Some of these questions also accompany a selection called Passage to Freedom, which is a story about a Japanese man who rescued Jews from the Nazis during World War II. These worksheets have been used in some form since 2007. As with all our curricular materials, they underwent a thorough development and review process. Still, we are always open to improving our work, and based on the feedback we've received, we'll be modifying the worksheet."

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