NJ Gov. Murphy mum about controversial 2nd grade lesson plans on gender ideology

Despite requests for comment sent by Fox News Digital to multiple press contacts within New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s office, the governor has chosen to remain silent on his public school system’s plans to teach gender ideology to children in the first and second grades.

Listed among the state’s Education Standards are “performance expectations” for second graders that include discussions on “the range of ways people express their gender and how gender role stereotypes may limit behavior,” Fox News reports.

For first-grade students in one of New Jersey’s school districts, lessons may include telling children that they can have “boy parts” but still “feel like” a girl.

The standards were established in New Jersey in 2020, but educators were not required to enact them until this September.

Lesson plans include one for first graders called, “Purple, Pink and Blue,” and its top objective is to get 6- to 7-year-olds to define “gender, gender identity, and gender role stereotypes.” Teachers are then to have their students name “at least two things they’ve been taught about gender role stereotypes and how these things may limit people of all genders.”

“Gender identity is that feeling of knowing your gender,” the plan explains. “You might feel like you’re a boy even if you have body parts that some people might tell you are ‘girl’ parts. You might feel like you’re a girl even if you have body parts that some people may tell you are ‘boy’ parts.”

It’s enough to make some New Jersey teachers want to scream.

“New Jersey is where I teach, they want to incorporate gender identity into the curriculum for 2nd grade kids (7-8) starting next school year!” tweeted one teacher. “I’m furious. Not going to happen on my watch.”

While one spokesperson for Westfield Public Schools denied to Fox News Digital that the controversial teaching materials were part of the school district’s plans, the school superintendent told the news outlet that the materials represented “a sample list of resources” that were aligned with state policy.

“During a presentation at the Feb. 22 Board of Education meeting, we provided an update on the district’s work to revise the Comprehensive Health and Physical Education curriculum,” Superintendent Dr. Raymond González said. “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 curriculum to meet state standards.”

Many on social media are not impressed and are urging parents to pull their kids out of public school, and apparently many New Jersey parents are way ahead of them.

According to one report, enrollment in New Jersey schools dropped by a whopping 41,000 students from the 2020 – 2021 school year.



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