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Delaware Teaches Age K-3 Kids About “Jacob’s New Dress”

A Delaware County School District contains Jacob’s New Dress, a story about a boy who wants to wear a dress to school, in its K-3 curriculum. The text was included as part of the district’s Social Emotional Learning curriculum, which teaches progressive social ideology on race and gender to K-3 students.

Multiple district parents told National File that the book was read to students throughout Havertown’s five elementary schools. “Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can’t wear ‘girl’ clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school,” reads the book’s description. “Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants?”

…Jacob’s New Dress was referenced during a November 2019 Haverford School Board meeting. The meeting contained a presentation on the district’s guidance program, which is now branded as “Social Emotional Learning” (SEL). At that time, co-chair of the district’s guidance/SEL program, Catherine Mallam, explained that Jacob’s New Dress was part of the curriculum for grades two and three. “Continuing as we break down some of those stereotypes about what it means to be a boy or a girl, and opening children’s minds,” the co-chair said of the book. Read more…

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