Second graders in New Jersey public schools will be learning about gender identity this fall in an effort to meet the state’s sex education standards, according to Fox News.
The standards were put in place in 2020 but actually take effect in September. They stipulate that New Jersey students, by the end of second grade, understand the “core ideas” that all “individuals should feel welcome and included regardless of their gender, gender expression or sexual orientation.”
According to the standards, “performance expectations” include talking about “the range of ways people express their gender and how gender role stereotypes may limit behavior.”
Parents, however, are furious to learn that their children will now be subject to such a controversial issue and are worried that this may confuse their little ones who will only be 5 years old when they start learning about the very complex topic. Residents took to Twitter to voice their anger at the requirement.
Sample lesson plans were distributed by the Westfield Board of Education in February and indicate first-graders could be taught they can have “boy parts” but “feel like” a girl, Fox News noted.
One of the sample plans spells out learning objectives including: “Define gender, gender identity, and gender role stereotypes.” And it also says: “Name at least two things they’ve been taught about gender role stereotypes, and how those things may limit people of all gender.”
According to Breitbart, a Republican state senator in New Jersey is exposing the radical sex education planned for the state’s public schools in the fall, including promoting pornography as an acceptable pastime.
“Although I voted against the legislation mandating certain sexual education classes for even the youngest of children I’ve taken a measured approach and have waited to further comment until I saw what was proposed,” Sen. Holly Schepisi said in a story posted on the Save Jersey website. “Today I reviewed all of the model school instruction materials and I truly think New Jersey has lost its damn mind.”
Republicans blasted Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy for the standards.
“It’s simple. Governor Murphy thinks he knows better how to parent your children than you do,” Alexandra Wilkes, the New Jersey GOP’s communications director, told Fox News. “The shocking, graphic materials taught to children barely old enough to read and write fly in the face of the Democrats’ insistence on the campaign trail last fall that critics of these new standards were exaggerating or even bigoted for raising concerns in the first place.”