NEW JERSEY — New Jersey lawmakers are poised to take aim at the country’s social cohesion.
State Rep. Joseph Lomeli, a Democrat, said he plans to introduce a bill that would prohibit public agencies and schools from providing students with “special” instruction that could have a detrimental effect on their social cohesion — a term that he says has been applied to many groups.
Lomela, a member of the state Assembly, said his bill would prevent such instruction from being given in public schools and public libraries.
He said it’s about “reinforcing the idea that the American public is an inclusive society.”
“It’s about reinforcing the idea of the American family as the foundation of American society,” Lomeli said.
It’s about protecting our children. “
We need to look at our children and our childrens futures.
It’s about protecting our children.
It is a national crisis.
It should be the focus of the national government.”
In a statement, Lomelo said he wanted to focus on the effects of public schools on students’ development, including a lack of social cohesion among students.
“Public education has been a source of tremendous opportunity for my young children and their families,” he said.
“We know the benefits of better learning, and the challenges of living in a multicultural society, are a source to the best possible outcomes for our children.”
Lomeli said he believes public schools are not providing a strong foundation for social cohesion because they do not allow students to interact with one another.
“They are so different from one another and they are so dissimilar in so many ways that I am concerned that they may be limiting the opportunities for learning and for bonding,” he told NJ Advance Media.
Lomelo added that he believes it is time for the federal government to create a “safe space” for all Americans.
“We need a safe space, a space where everyone can be who they are, and we don’t want to live in a place where there is a barrier for anybody,” he explained.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.