LONDON, November 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Britain’s children are being groomed for sex at increasingly early ages in primary school in government-approved sex education programs, a children’s rights advocate told LifeSiteNews.com today.
Antonia Tully is the director of the Safe at School program by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), which is attempting to alert parents to the threat of explicit sex education in British primary school curricula.
She said that parents have to be warned that the point of these programs is to teach their children how to have sex, how to get contraceptives and, logically, abortion when contraceptives fail.
By the time the children are through the primary and secondary school programs, they are “talking and thinking about sex, they’re ready to have sex. When you study it, you can see there is a continuum. Teaching it in primary school and then facilitating it in secondary school,” Tully said.
“Then people wonder why the kids are getting pregnant. And why the skyrocketing levels of STDs.”
Tully hopes to speak to parents at a public meeting being held in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, to ask them to contact officials to protest the program, called Living and Growing, by the independent broadcaster Channel 4. The program has been in use in mixed-sex classrooms for about ten years around the country, and is encouraged by the government’s schools regulator, the Office for Standards in Education, (OFSTED).
Presented to primary school children in three parts, the program starts by instructing children aged five to seven in the names of genitals and the differences between boys and girls, and between children and adults. In the other sections, children aged seven to nine are given full instructions in sexual intercourse, conception and childbirth. The program includes detailed illustrations of male and female genitals and masturbation, cartoon videos of adults having sex and a graphic presentation of childbirth.
Tully told LSN, “Children aren’t really supposed to see that. I’ve heard of children being very shocked at seeing that.”
“Remember these are seen to nine year old children,” she said. The program is clearly aimed at grooming children to have sexual relations by the time they reach secondary school: “First you get them conscious of the sexual organs then you teach them how to have sex. You break down every inhibition, teaching them about sex, thinking and taking about sex as part of their everyday life.”
The program emphasizes the popular theory that children must be taught that there is nothing wrong with sexual behavior, Tully said. The only censure on behavior the program presents is on the use of “bad words” like “dyke” or “queer” to describe homosexuals. Homosexuality is presented as morally neutral and the program includes live-actor clips of men kissing men and women kissing women.
“What does it mean to be gay? It’s simply said that ‘a man fancies another man; a woman fancies another woman,’ and that’s it.”
While a Labour government bill failed this year to force all schools in the country to include explicit sex education, the program is still being pushed by government agencies such as OFSTED and the “Healthy Schools” program, in which individual schools vie for status that can be granted through adoption of what Tully calls “body parts” sex education programs.
Tully said she will urge parents to get involved at the meeting in Worksop, and not to be intimidated by council or schools authorities. Under British law, primary schools are not obligated to include sex education in the curriculum, nor are they compelled to take advice from local authorities in their choice of programs.
“I’m going to give parents an action list, to make their feelings known to schools, MPs and education authorities, to exert a bit of parent power. And to support each other.” Too often, she said, when one parent dares to “stick their head up above the parapet, the others will not follow suit.”
A new program put together by the BBC goes even further than Living and Growing, using live action films instead of cartoon illustrations.
“It’s getting very explicit,” Tully said, “but interestingly, there are parents cropping up all around the country getting in touch with us in a state of distress after discovering their children are seeing the program.”
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