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Dorothy Philbin | CNBNewsnet


I see a lot of names I know on Facebook's Haddonfield United website.  This week that site published an article about the State of New Jersey's school's sex education mandate.  The state sent this mandate to NJ's approximately 600 school districts over the summer.  Have you heard anything about this over the past few months?  I'm retired now so I'm not so much involved in what is happening in our schools, so I might have missed this.

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Peyton at Gloucester High School (CNBNews photo)

However, I find it hard to believe that I missed this, a topic on the news (some stations) every day.  It is a major topic in my "little old ladies' Thursday night bingo games."  If little old ladies know what is being taught, I think parents do to.  But, just in case you missed it, here is what Governor Murphy wants your children or grandchildren to know.
Second Grade - "the way people express their gender and how gender-role stereotypes may limit behavior."  What does this mean?  I want to see actual lesson plans.
Fifth Grade - "learn about romantic and sexual feelings, masturbation, mood swings, and the timing of puberty."  Why does a 10 or 11 year-old child have to know about masturbation?
Eighth Grade - Sit down for this one! "...should know the definitions of vaginal, oral and anal sex and identify short and long-term contraception and safer sex methods."
The state softballs this by saying the parents can opt out (by writing a letter to the principal, who cannot ask questions.)  Other options are teaching sex ed at the very end of the day.  This means your child will only miss sex ed in a time when they should be learning to read.  This makes no sense.  Our kids need to learn the basic
curriculum studies, not sex ed.
What have the parents in Gloucester City been told?   I've looked on the school district's website and found nothing.  Today, I received the school district's "Partnership Performance Pride."  It is 31 pages long of which 11 pages are dedicated to sports.  I know, this is Gloucester City where sports have always ruled. And, yes, I was the kid who was always the last one chosen for teams.  If it was between me and a rock, the rock got picked before me.
In this 31-page document I found nothing about these new sex ed mandate.  On page 11 there is an article concerning grants.  One of the grants is earmarked for "Additional Mental & Emotional Support for Students" but specifically for problems generated from the pandemic.  Call me cynical but I think these services will go to helping students through the sex education mandate.  I'm fine with that - so long as everyone is honest and playing on a level field.
On one of the Gloucester City Facebook sites someone asked what needs to be done to home school his/her child.  I was amazed at the number of people who replied.  There are many more home-schooled kids in Gloucester City than I ever thought.  I plan to submit an OPRA request to find out not only how many of our students are home schooled but how much of the plus/minus $24,000 per student goes to the parents and what happens to the difference.  
As they used to say on the news (in the olden days) films at 11.