NJ Gov slammed for new sex-ed lessons for FIRST-GRADERS that teach students can 'have boy parts but feel like girl'
New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy sparked outrage after it emerged that first graders in the Garden State will be taught about gender identity with a new sex education curriculum that includes lessons teaching children they can have "boy parts" and "feel like" a girl at the same time.
The new curriculum, which is part of the broader K-12 health and sex education program adopted by the New Jersey Board of Education, has shocked some parents. The state's education board broadened its sex-ed guidelines in June 2020 to include lessons on both gender identity and abortion. That said, the new curriculum goes into effect in September.
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As reported by Asbury Park Press, one of the 30-minute lesson plans titled 'Pink, Blue and Purple' gives students new definitions for "gender, gender identity, and gender role stereotypes." Another lesson plan for second graders entitled 'Understanding Our Bodies' teaches students that "being a boy or a girl doesn't have to mean you have those parts, there are some body parts that mostly just girls have and some parts that mostly just boys have." It adds, "Most people have a vulva and a vagina or a penis and testicles, but some people's bodies can be different. Your body is exactly what is right for you."
The new education guidelines shocked parents when they were handed out copies at the Westfield Board of Education meeting in February, especially after they included instructions for teachers to tell students that their gender identity is entirely up to them. "You might feel like you're a boy even if you have body parts that some people might tell you are 'girl' parts," the lesson plan states. 'You might feel like you're a girl even if you have body parts that some people might tell you are 'boy' parts. And you might not feel like you're a boy or a girl, but you're a little bit of both. No matter how you feel, you're perfectly normal!"
The new, expanded NJ sex education curriculum is being instituted at a time when some states are doing the opposite. Some NJ parents are opposed to what they say are age-inappropriate lessons, but proponents say they are important to fight misinformation. https://t.co/7VgN903Ec9— Asbury Park Press (@AsburyParkPress) April 5, 2022
As mentioned, many parents have expressed outrage over the new lesson plans, with some considering removing their wards from the public school system altogether. "I am honestly appalled at this curriculum," mother-of-two Maria DeMaio-Esposito told the Asbury Park Press. "I am debating whether to place my child in a private school if I can afford it. Is this curriculum really necessary? Children need to stay children. Their innocence is beautiful and I do not want their little minds filled with this very adult topic," she added.
While parents have the option of opting out of the curriculum, some believe such a move would be detrimental to their child and potentially put a target on their back. Speaking to the newspaper, Paula McCarthy-Mammana argued that her granddaughter would be perceived in a different manner by her peers if she opted out. "She may be bullied or harassed and I don't agree with a child being targeted because of family moral issues," she insisted.
This is 2nd grade (7-8 year olds!) public school curriculum in New Jersey. It’s not optional. Parents: do you find this appropriate? pic.twitter.com/SvSY69wAbd— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) April 8, 2022
From the standard 5th grade sex education curriculum in New Jersey public schools. I have a feeling Florida is about to get A LOT more new residents fleeing from NJ by this fall. Keep in mind Murphy only won by 3 points. pic.twitter.com/sF1KSxELVk— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) April 8, 2022
Republicans lashed out at Gov Murphy for embracing the new sex education guidelines. Former NJ Gov Chris Christie chimed in during an appearance on Fox's 'Brian Kilmeade Show' on Friday. "I think this is just a further indication of the crazy liberal policies of my successor, Phil Murphy, who is in the progressive movement," Christie said. "He's on the left of the progressive movement, and this kind of stuff just should not be going on," he added.
Meanwhile, State Sen Holly Schepisi (R-Westwood) told Fox News that as "a mom and a legislator, I can appreciate the need for students to receive age-appropriate instruction, but this is beyond the pale." She continued, "We knew that when Gov. Murphy used the cover of the pandemic to push these new standards through something was terribly wrong, and now we can clearly see why they needed to do this in secret," adding, "The agenda has swung so far left in an attempt to sexualize our precious children that parents are fighting back."