New Jersey will require 2nd graders to learn about gender identity in the fall, alarming parents

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New Jersey Sophomores in public schools will receive a lesson on gender identity this fall in accordance with state guidelines on sex education that go into effect in September.

According to the standards, New Jersey students should, by the end of second grade, understand the “core ideas” that “all people should feel welcome and included, regardless of gender, expression of gender or their sexual orientation.

Additionally, the standards listed “performance expectations” for second graders, which includes discussing “the range of ways people express their gender and how gender role stereotypes can limit behavior.” .

Garden State educators are preparing to implement the teaching standards, which were established in 2020 but are not due to be enacted until September 2022.

A state school district has handed out sample lesson plans that say first-graders could learn that they can have “boy parts” but “feel like” a girl.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy pauses during his COVID-19 update at the War Memorial in Trenton on February 5, 2021.
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The lesson plans, which were given to parents at the February 22 Westfield Board of Education meeting, appear to reflect the Garden State’s new, broader sex education curriculum.

A Lesson Plan“Purple, Pink, and Blue,” asks teachers to talk to their first-grade students about gender identity, and its first goal is to have students define “gender, gender identity, and gender stereotypes.” gender role”.

The second lesson objective is to ask students to name “at least two things they have been taught about gender role stereotypes and how these things can limit people of all genders.”

“Gender identity is that feeling of knowing your sex. You can feel like a boy, you can feel like a girl,” the lesson plan says. “You might feel like a boy even though you have body parts that some people might say are ‘girl’ parts. You might feel like a girl even though you have body parts that some people might say you are “boy” parts.

“And you may not feel like a boy or a girl, but you’re a bit of both. No matter how you feel, you are perfectly normal!

Another lesson plan for second graders, “Understand our body,” tells teachers to point out to students that “there are body parts that most girls have and some that most boys have.”

President Biden visits teacher Allison Hessemer's pre-K class at East End Elementary School to highlight the early childhood education proposal in his Build Back Better infrastructure program in North Plainfield, NJ , October 25, 2021.

President Biden visits teacher Allison Hessemer’s pre-K class at East End Elementary School to highlight the early childhood education proposal in his Build Back Better infrastructure program in North Plainfield, NJ , October 25, 2021.
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“Being a boy or a girl doesn’t necessarily mean you have those parts, but for most people, that’s how their body is,” the plan reads. “Most people have a vulva and a vagina or a penis and testicles, but some people’s bodies may be different. Your body is exactly what you are.”

The objectives of this second grade lesson include for children to be able to “identify at least four body parts” from female and male genitalia, and for students to describe “why it is important for them to know the names correct genitalia”.

A Westfield Public Schools spokesperson told Fox News Digital that the instructional materials were not planned by the school district. The school principal told Fox News Digital that the material presented to parents at the February school board meeting was a “sample resource list” aligned with state policy.

“During a presentation at the February 22 school board meeting, we provided an update on the district’s work to revise the comprehensive health and physical education curriculum,” Superintendent Dr. Raymond González said. .

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“The presentation included a sample list of resources aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards to consider when school districts work on revisions to the health and physical education curriculum.

“We made it clear at the meeting and subsequent meetings that these are resources only – they are not state mandated – and that the district is in the process of developing its revised program to meet the state standards,” the superintendent continued.

Republicans say the lesson plans show the educational priorities of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration are misplaced.

“It’s simple. Governor Murphy thinks he knows better than you how to raise your kids,” New Jersey GOP communications director Alexandra Wilkes told Fox News Digital.

“The shocking graphic material taught to children barely old enough to read and write runs counter to Democrats’ insistence on last fall’s campaign trail that critics of these new standards were exaggerated or even bigoted for having raised concerns in the first place.

“Democrats have lied to parents, belittled them, and shamed them for wanting a say in their kids’ education, and they’re about to find out in November what happens when you mess with them. other people’s children.”

Phil Murphy, the Democratic Party candidate for governor of New Jersey, and his family arrive to vote in Middletown, NJ, November 7, 2017.

Phil Murphy, the Democratic Party candidate for governor of New Jersey, and his family arrive to vote in Middletown, NJ, November 7, 2017.
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State lawmakers have also criticized the Murphy administration for the school district’s lesson plans.

State Senator Holly Schepisi, a Republican to whom concerned parents sent the documents, told Fox News Digital that as “a mother and a lawmaker, I can understand the need for students to receive a life-appropriate education. their age, but it’s beyond pale.” .

“We knew when Governor Murphy used the cover of the pandemic to push through these new standards that something was terribly wrong, and now we can clearly see why they had to do it in secret. swung so far to the left in an attempt to sexualize our precious children that parents are fighting against.

“Based on the overwhelming outreach I’ve received from parents, Democrats should expect a judgment this fall.”

Schepisi’s colleague, Republican Senator Michael Testa, was outspoken in a statement to Fox News Digital, calling elementary school sex ed lesson plans “abusive.”

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“We fought to get the kids back to school in person. Then we had to fight to get our kids’ masks off. Now we have to look at our primary school kids, who have already fallen behind thanks to the Murphy locks, learn more about genitals and gender identity?” Testa said. “It’s abuse, plain and simple.”

Testa also sent a message to “every Democrat on the ballot this fall,” ahead of a widely predicted Republican outpouring, to “prepare for the army of parents who won’t sit around and watch you steal our children’s innocence without a struggle.”

New Jersey Congresswoman Vicky Flynn, a Republican, said that as a “mother, former member of the Board of Education and current member of the Assembly Education Committee, I am troubled that Governor Murphy and the Department of Education are not focusing on learning and skill gaps resulting from COVID lockdowns and remote learning, and instead implementing programs intended to indoctrinate elementary school students and to replace the role of parents in these sensitive matters.

“No child should have to talk about sex with their primary school teacher.”

New Jersey political commentators also weighed in, with radio host and father Matt Rooney warning that these lesson plans are what happens “when you let [New Jersey Education Association] far-left radicals and wackos are taking control of your children’s education.”

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In June 2020, the New Jersey School Board widened its sex education standards to include lessons on abortion and gender identity.

Neither the New Jersey Department of Education nor the Westfield Board of Education immediately responded to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

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