May 24, 2022

NJ Parents push back against sexually explicate 5th grade curriculum

New Jersey public school students as young as ten could be subject to sexually explicate teaching about subjects ranging from puberty blockers to masturbation for stress relief.

According to Fox News, sample lesson plans are under review by the state school districts after pushback following the news that the sex-ed curriculum was going out to grade-school kids.

Included in the material was information given to kids about sexual orientation, telling the 10-year-olds that it’s common to “feel confused” about sexual orientation and sexual attraction.

The new state sex education guidelines will take effect in September of this year. However, the materials are now again under review following pushback from parents.

One lesson for 5th grade included an animated video by the organization AMAZE called “Puberty and Transgender Youth,” which was part of the lesson, “It’s All About Hormones.”

“Whether you identify as male, female, genderqueer, or something else, you’re perfectly normal, and there are lots of ways to manage puberty so that it can be a fun, exciting time rather than a scary or stressful one,” the video says.

“If you feel you want more time to explore how you feel about your gender before your body starts to change, it’s important to talk with a parent, counselor, therapist, or doctor about the feelings you have regarding your gender,” the video states. “After some discussion and counseling, you may be referred to an endocrinologist. Endocrinologists specialize in hormones, and they’re the most likely to prescribe puberty blockers for someone who wants them. Puberty blockers are medications that will stop your body from changing.”

Republican State Sen. Holly Schepisi was sent materials by a parent and said they are “completely overboard with cringy detail for young kids.”

Another sample lesson plan, also for 4th grade, also with a video from AMAZE videos covers sexual anatomy, including “Masturbation: Totally Normal,” which teaches kids that masturbating up to “a few times a day” is a “physically safe way to express sexual feelings,” and shows an animation of a boy seeming to act out the video’s subject under a blanket.

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