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Governor Murphy not responding to questions about NJ gender identity classes for 2nd graders


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Gov. Phil Murphy has remained silent on lessons from the New Jersey public school system on gender ideology for children.

Education standards listed “performance expectations” for second graders which include discussion of “the range of ways people express their gender and how gender role stereotypes can limit behavior”. A state school district has handed out sample lesson plans that say first-graders could learn that they can have “boy parts” but “feel like” a girl.

Fox News Digital sent requests for comment to several press contacts in Murphy’s office and received no response on Saturday.

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Educators in the Garden State are preparing to implement the teaching standards, which were established in 2020 but are not due to be enacted until September 2022.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy speaks at a Get Out The Vote rally on October 28, 2021, in New Brunswick, NJ
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A Lesson Plan“Purple, Pink, and Blue,” asks teachers to talk to their first-graders about gender identity, and its first goal is to have students define “gender, gender identity, and gender stereotypes.” gender role”.

The second lesson objective is to ask students to name “at least two things they have been taught about gender role stereotypes and how these things can limit people of all genders.”

“Gender identity is that feeling of knowing your sex. You might feel like a boy, you might feel like a girl,” the lesson plan States. “You might feel like a boy even though you have body parts that some people might say are ‘girl’ parts. You might feel like a girl even though you have body parts that some people might say you’re part ‘boys’.”

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A Westfield Public Schools spokesperson told Fox News Digital that the instructional materials were not planned by the school district. The school principal told Fox News Digital that the material presented to parents at the February school board meeting was a “sample resource list” aligned with state policy.

Governor Murphy not responding to questions about NJ gender identity classes for 2nd graders

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy pauses during his COVID-19 update at the War Memorial in Trenton on February 5, 2021.
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“During a presentation at the February 22 school board 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 program to meet the state standards,” the superintendent continued.

In June 2020, the New Jersey School Board widened its sex education standards to include lessons on abortion and gender identity.

Fox News’ Houston Keene contributed to this report.

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