NewsThu Sep 18, 2008 - 12:15 pm EST
Explicit “Sex-Education” Pamphlet to be Given to Six Year-Olds in British Schools
By Hilary White
LONDON, September 18, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Six year-old children in British schools will be given puzzles and games to help them identify their sexual organs as part of a new government-funded sex-education initiative. The Family Planning Association (FPA) has produced a 12-page comic-style booklet entitled "Let’s Grow with Nisha and Joe" that includes pictures of naked boys and girls and quizzes to help teach clinical terminology.
The pamphlet, the FPA says, introduces "ideas about love, relationships and body names at a very basic level." The FPA has permission from the education ministry to distribute the pamphlet in schools where, they hope, teachers will use it in classrooms with an age group that has never before been targeted with sex-education.
"The booklet answers the questions that six-year-olds are already asking about themselves, their families and the world around them," said Julie Bentley, chief executive of the FPA.
One sex-education proponent wrote in an op-ed in the Times that the only possible reason parents and family rights groups could have to try to withhold the pamphlet from children is "shame." Jennifer Howze wrote, "Why don’t they applaud the move to bring education into a safe classroom environment conveyed by teachers or parents rather than leaving it to nuggets whispered by the know-it-all kid in the playground?
"It seems obvious to me. What so-called family campaigners’ want to teach children about their bodies and sex is shame. Shame explains the thinking that there’s something inappropriate and ‘wrong’ for a child to know the correct word to describe a part of their body."
But Margaret Morrissey, the spokesman for the lobby group Parents Out Loud, said that giving clinical terminology to children so young is an unfair burden to them.
"I am sure most parents will agree the truth is the very best answer but it is the degree of detail that is so important."
"It’s unfair to burden very young children with explicit details and then wonder why they say words and do things not acceptable in schools or in society. We cannot expect small children to cope with the amount of information government want primary school to implant into childish minds."
"One wonders how the ‘experts’ reconcile themselves with the statistic the more we have offered detailed sex education the quicker teenage pregnancies and diseases have spread," she added.
Children are asked to list differences between boys’ and girls’ bodies and draw a line from words in boxes to the pictures of the body parts they identify.
FPA instructions for teachers says, "Young children can believe incorrect, confusing and misleading information about puberty and sex which they have worked out either on their own or with the help of friends and siblings."
The Family Planning Association, which receives full support from government education officials, is a leader among British organisations promoting what have been called the doctrines of "pan-sexualism" - completely unlimited sexual activity for everyone at any age, under the guise of "sexual health."
As such the FPA not only promotes sex-education for small children and teens, but contraception, abortion, sterilisation and homosexuality. Founded in 1930, the FPA was a part of the early 20th century eugenics movement that sought to improve society by eliminating "undesirable" classes and groups of people, including the poor, through birth control. Such organisations later evolved into the modern international population control movement.