NJ children learn about gender identity as part of the sex education curriculum

Planned sex education classes for first graders in New Jersey will include discussions about gender identity – which will outrage some parents and Republican politicians, including would-be presidential candidate and former governor Chris Christie.

A 30-minute lesson titled “Pink, Blue and Purple” is designed to teach 6-year-olds to define “gender, gender identity and gender role stereotypes,” Fox News reported Friday.

It also includes instructions for teachers to tell students their gender identity is up to them, according to materials reportedly distributed to parents and posted online at a Westfield Board of Education meeting on Feb. 22.

“You may feel like a boy even if you have body parts that some people say are ‘girl’ parts,” the lesson plan reads.

“You may feel like a girl even if you have body parts that some people might say are parts of ‘boys.’ And you may not feel like a boy or a girl, but you’re a little bit of both. No matter how you feel, you are perfectly normal!”

A lesson plan for second graders entitled “Understanding Our Bodies” includes an illustrated discussion of human genitalia so children as young as 7 can use “medically correct names” for their private parts.

“Tell students, ‘There are some body parts that mostly girls have, and there are some body parts that mostly only boys have,'” it says.

Planned sex education classes for first graders in New Jersey will include discussions about gender identity.
Reported planned sex education classes for first graders in New Jersey will include discussions about gender identity.
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A note to teachers also said, “Being a boy or girl doesn’t have to mean you have those parts, but for most people, that’s what their bodies are like.”

The materials came amid controversy over a law signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last month that bans discussion of gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, in what critics deride as “don’t say gay.”

They are part of a broader K-12 health and sex education curriculum approved by the New Jersey Board of Education in 2020 and taking effect in September.

“I’m honestly appalled by this curriculum,” Maria DeMaio-Esposito, a Howell mother of two, told the Asbury Park Press.

“I am considering placing my child in a private school if I can afford it. Is this curriculum really necessary? Children must remain children. Their innocence is beautiful and I don’t want their little heads to be filled with this very mature subject.”

Parents can choose not to have their children attend classes, but Jackson’s Paula McCarthy-Mammana – who said the curriculum “makes me sick” – said the move would be stigmatizing.

“My granddaughter will be in eighth grade, when she drops out of a grade, her peers look at her differently,” McCarthy-Mammana told the AP.

“She may be bullied or harassed and I do not approve of a child being attacked for moral issues in the family.”

Speaking on Fox News, Christie – who ran for president in 2016 and is reportedly considering another run for the White House – told Fox News, “I think this is just another indication of the insane liberal politics of my successor, Phil Murphy , he’s in the progressive movement.”

“He’s on the left side of the progressive movement and something like that just shouldn’t be happening,” he added.

State Sen. Holly Schepisi (R-Westwood) told Fox News, “As a mother and a legislator, I can appreciate the need for students to have age-appropriate education, but this is going too far.

“We knew something was terribly wrong when Gov. Murphy used the cover of the pandemic to enforce these new standards, and now we can clearly see why they had to do this in secret,” she said.

Chris Christie spoke more on the subject on Fox News.
Chris Christie spoke to Fox News more about the planned curriculum for New Jersey’s first graders.
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“The agenda has swung so far to the left in trying to sexualize our precious children that parents are fighting back.”

State Senator Michael Testa (R-Cape May) said the lessons are the latest in a series of insults to Garden State parents.

“We fought to get children back to school in person. Then we had to fight to take the masks off our children. Now we have to watch our elementary school kids, already left behind thanks to the Murphy lockdowns, learn about genitalia and gender identity?” said Testa.

“It’s abuse, pure and simple.”

Westfield Schools Superintendent Raymond Gonzalez told Fox News that the lesson plans are “a sample list of resources aligned with New Jersey Student Learning Standards to consider as school districts work on health revisions and.” [physical education] Curriculum.”

“We made it clear at the meeting and subsequent meetings that these are resources only — they are not required by the state — and that the district is in the process of developing its revised curriculum to meet state standards,” Gonzalez added.

Murphy’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. NJ children learn about gender identity as part of the sex education curriculum


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