One of America’s most populous states has ceded parental rights to teachers.
Starting in September, the government of the State of New Jersey will give educators the authority to hide a student’s gender identity unless that student gives their teacher permission to tell their parents.
The development is particularly noteworthy as Garden State first graders will begin learning about gender identity in September under new sex education guidelines.
The Daily Wire reports on the changes from the New Jersey Department of Education:
The New Jersey education department’s official guidance on the subject states that “a school district shall accept a student’s asserted gender identity; parental consent is not required.”
Neither a legal name change nor a medical diagnosis is required, too.
“School district personnel should have an open, but confidential discussion with the student to ascertain the student’s preference on matters such as chosen name, chosen pronoun to use, and parental communications,” the guidance says.
The Daily Mail has more on the new curriculum, which New Jersey Republicans are using as a cudgel to attack Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Board of Education:
One of the 30-minute lesson plans, called ‘Pink, Blue and Purple,’ teaches the students to define ‘gender, gender identity and gender role stereotypes.’
Part of the Pink, Blue and Purple lesson plan (geared towards first graders) states “You might feel like you’re a boy even if you have body parts that some people might tell you are ‘girl’ parts.”
Another lesson plan, this one for second-graders called ‘Understanding Our Bodies,’ tells teachers to instruct students that ‘being a boy or a girl doesn’t have to mean you have those parts, there are some body parts that mostly just girls have and some parts that mostly just boys have.’