Fox News often complains that the free of speech rights of conservatives are being infringed, however, the news channel is supporting an effort to ban Isabel Allende's novel The House of The Spirits from a North Carolina classroom.
"Parents are outraged over a new book being assigned to their high school students containing references to abortion and prostitution," Elisabeth Hasselbeck said this morning on Fox & Friends, noted MediaMatters.org (video below).
"It's part of the government's Common Core education program" claimed Hasselbeck.
She then interviewed North Carolina mother Chastity Lesesne on her attempts to force the North Carolina's Watauga High School to drop The House of The Spirits from a 10th grade class.
WBTV reported last week that the Watauga County Board of Education voted 3-2 to keep The House of the Spirits in the 10th grade curriculum as the highly-acclaimed novel is used in many schools.
"This sexually explicit book should have never darkened our classrooms," said Lesesne during the school board's hearing. "It is too sexually explicit for the children in that class."
The book is about the hardships endured by four generations of a family in Chile.
The House of The Spirits is not part of Common Core as Hasselbeck claimed.
Common Core is actually a bi-partisan set of educational standards supported by people such as Jeb Bush and Bill Gates to address the problem of failing American students.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative says on its website:
The Standards are not a curriculum. They are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be met. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.