Public school students in New Jersey, as young as 10 years old, could soon be taught about puberty blockers and masturbation in sex ed.
According to sample lesson plans currently being reviewed by state school districts, these young students could be told by educators that puberty blockers are an acceptable way to “manage” puberty and that masturbating “a few times a day” is a healthy way to relieve stress, Fox News reported.
Pending the outcome of the curriculum's review, New Jersey’s public school students could soon receive lessons related to gender identity and sexual activity as part of the state’s broader emphasis on sex education curriculum.
In June 2020, New Jersey’s Board of Education approved student learning standards concerning “Comprehensive Health and Physical Education” with an 8-4 vote. The curriculum is currently under review and is scheduled to go into effect by September of 2022.
Multiple lesson plans were sent to parents, who then shared them with elected members of the New Jersey legislature.
Republican state Sen. Holly Schepisi was one such member. She subsequently shared the documents with a larger audience via Dropbox and said they are “completely overboard with cringy detail for young kids.”
One of the proposed lesson plans for fifth graders, titled “It’s All about the Hormones,” requires students to watch an animated short by the organization AMAZE called “Puberty and Transgender Youth.”
Puberty and Transgender Youthyoutu.be
The video says, “Whether you identify as male, female, gender queer 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.”
Another video in the sample lesson plan for fifth graders features an AMAZE video titled “Masturbation: Totally Normal.” The video tells children that masturbating up to “a few times a day” is a “physically safe way to express sexual feelings.”
The animated video shows a male child pleasuring himself under a blanket.
AMAZE’s website says the organization “envisions a world that recognizes child and adolescent sexual development as natural and healthy, a world I which young people everywhere are supported and affirmed and the adults in their lives communicate openly and honestly with them about puberty, reproduction, relationships, sex, and sexuality.”
It continues, “In such a world, young people across the globe would have access to the information and support they need to develop into sexually healthy adults.”
The website also features links to articles titled “The Case for Starting Sex Education in Kindergarten” and “When Did Porn Become Sex Ed?” in its FAQ section.
The new education standards approved by the state’s board of education also require children to learn about abortion.
According to these standards, by eighth grade, children should learn about “pregnancy testing, the signs of pregnancy, and pregnancy options, including parenting, abortion, and adoption.”