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American News Apr 8, 2022 4:46 PM EST

New Jersey implements lessons on 'gender identity', links to group normalizing porn for kids 2nd to 5th grade

The lessons for grades 2 through 5 include links to Amaze.org, which provide videos that tell kids it's totally normal to watch porn.

New Jersey implements lessons on 'gender identity', links to group normalizing porn for kids 2nd to 5th grade
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

In the upcoming school year, new standards for New Jersey students will have young students learning about gender identity and sexuality. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the law mandating the sex ed courses, and they will be implemented this coming school year.

In lesson plans, posted to Facebook by NJ State Sen. Holly Schepisi, reveal that children in second grade will be learning about gender expression and gender roles, in a lesson titled "Pink, Blue and Purple." The lessons for grades 2 through 5 include links to Amaze.org, which provide videos that tell kids it's totally normal to watch porn.

The lesson objectives state that second graders will be able to "define gender, gender identity, and gender role stereotypes," and "name at least two things they’ve been taught about gender role stereotypes, and how those things may limit people of all genders."

One portion of the lesson goes over the "pink" and "blue" gendered stereotypes, and asks students why this is, with the teacher being asked to explain: "All of what we just talked about — like deciding what colors or toys people can play with is part of something called  'gender.' That’s what we’re going to be talking about today."

The teacher is supposed to ask the class how they know what gender they are, and if a student responds with , "I feel that way on the inside," the teacher is supposed to explain hat this is called "gender identity."

Schepisi shared a link to to many examples of sex ed that will be taught to New Jersey students in the fall term, including those that direct teachers and students to videos from Amaze.org, which appears to intend to normalize pornography for consumption by minors.

Amaze.org does offer a video that states that pornography is not sex ed.

In the lesson plan, "Gender identity is that feeling of knowing your gender. You might feel like you are a boy, you might feel like you are a girl. 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 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 teacher is asked to tell the class in the lesson plan.

According to Fox News, these new teaching standards were established in 2020, but were not required to be enacted until September of 2022.

In another lesson plan for second graders, it states that "you will notice that this lesson refers to 'girls' and 'boys' when identifying body parts. The use of a binary construct of gender as well as using gender (boys and girls) rather than the more accurate biological sex (male and female) is purposeful given the developmental stage of students. Lessons in higher grades use more precise language and begin to introduce a broader concept of gender."

"This lesson does, however, acknowledge that 'there are some body parts that mostly just girls have and some parts that mostly just boys have. Being a boy or a girl doesn’t have to mean you have those parts, but for most people this is how their bodies are.' And, '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 lesson plan adds.

The lesson objectives hope for students to be able to name four male and four female body parts at the end of the teaching, and know why it is important to know the correct names for genitals.

Schepisi wrote on Facebook, "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."

"Today I reviewed all of the model school instruction materials and I truly think New Jersey has lost its damn mind," she added.

Schepisi posted the dropbox link with all the lesson plans, and said that while she agreed with some of the lesson contents, "many are completely overboard with cringy detail for young kids and some go so far as unnecessarily sexualizing children further."

"For me the most outrageous part are teachers are instructed to promote a website Amaze and its YouTube channel to kids as young as 9 for them to get additional information on sex ed.  One of the very first videos posted normalizes Porn as 'something everyone watches' and 'Hey it’s Free!'"

Lesson for 5th grade students

The lessons plans were reportedly given to parents at the Westfield Board of Education's February 22 meeting, and appear to be reflective of the Garden State's new, broader sex education curriculum.

A spokesperson for Westfield Public Schools told Fox News that the teaching materials were not the school district's plans.

The school’s superintendent told Fox News that the materials presented to parents at the February Board of Education meeting were meant to be a "sample list of resources" 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," the superintendent continued.

"The presentation included a sample list of resources aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards to be considered as school districts work on revisions to the health and PE curriculum," the superintendent said.

The lesson plans and standards are opposite to Florida’s recently passed "Parental Rights in Education" bill, which prevents teaching of the subject matter to children in kindergarten through third grade.

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