Good afternoon. We share the following district update to hopefully clarify some misconceptions and inaccuracies that have gathered force through social media and to assure the community that Hazlet remains committed to being transparent, accessible and supportive of our learners.
The district writes curriculum based on the NJ Student Learning Standards. At this time, Critical Race Theory is not mentioned at all in our current standards and is therefore not a part of our curriculum. However, "beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, each NJ school district shall incorporate instruction on diversity and inclusion in an appropriate place in the curriculum of students in grades kindergarten through 12 as part of the district’s implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards."
Regarding “inclusion” in the younger grades, teachers will be focusing on helping students to be accepting of all children. They spend time talking a lot about bullying and what makes a good friend. In the younger grades, we discuss families and how some families look different than other families. They discuss different cultures and how cultures are similar and also how they differ. Special education celebrates various differences such as Autism Awareness Week and World Down Syndrome Day. Gender Identity is not taught in the younger grades but that is not to say that your children won’t come across a student who may be questioning his/her own identity. We are a public-school district and all students are welcome. Our teachers are trained to be diplomatic and supportive and to make certain all students feel welcome and accepted.
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