Second graders in New Jersey public schools will receive classroom instruction on gender identity starting this fall under new state sex education guidelines. Even first graders are not exempt from having an adult talk to them about their “boy parts” or “girl parts.”
The standards, which were adopted in 2020 but do not take effect until September, include talking about how “gender role stereotypes may limit behavior.” Predictably, supporters of the new standards continue to blast critics of obviously age-inappropriate lessons as exaggerating or even being bigots.
State Sen. Holly Schepisi, a Republican who released the model New Jersey state curriculum after it was given to parents in the Westfield school district, has a succinct summary of the state’s educational changes. “I truly think New Jersey has lost its d–n mind.”
One of the state’s lesson plans for second graders, called “Understanding Our Bodies,” tells teachers to explain there are body parts that “mostly” just girls have and “mostly” just boys have. The lesson plan’s objectives spell out that the children need to be able to “identify at least four body parts” from both female and male reproductive organs.
A prospective lesson plan for first graders is called “Pink, Blue and Purple.” Children in these classes are expected to “define gender, gender identity, and gender role stereotypes.” The lesson plan calls for discussion of what gender the first graders “feel” they are, and then says you might be “a little bit of both.”
The year before the new sex education standards for first and second graders in were agreed on, the state enacted a measure requiring public schools teach an LGBTQ curriculum for students in grades 5-12. The rollout of the new curriculum has reportedly been uneven across the state, with some critics complaining about pushback from parent and faith groups.
Is it any wonder Florida felt it necessary to pass its Parents Rights in Education law? This and other actions across the country to protect children are not happening in a vacuum, and their proponents are not attacking imaginary windmills. Rather, these courageous leaders and parents are building defenses against an all-out assault from radicals who want unfettered access to the most impressionable youth.