Twelve New Jersey schools are piloting an LGBT history curriculum ahead of a new mandate for all public schools in the state.
The pilot sites to be announced by the state Tuesday — including schools in Hackensack, Morristown, Newark and Asbury Park — are intended to be proving grounds for new lessons in history, economics and even grammar designed to improve awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender contributions and issues. The instruction, approved by the state last year, will be a requirement for all of New Jersey's public schools starting in the fall.
Students in a dozen schools in Newark, Asbury Park, and elsewhere will receive an updated curriculum that focuses on LGBT history, economics, and instructions on the proper use of pronouns.
The Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey said the new educational material "forces sexual ideology" onto school-aged children. Parents are not allowed to opt their children out of the lessons, which are woven into the standard curriculum.