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Sex Ed: Education or Propaganda?

January 21, 2008
S. Michael Craven
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The last four decades have seen a significant shift in the philosophy behind sex education in America’s public schools. Prior to the sexual revolution, human biology and reproduction, hygiene, and marriage were the focus of sex education. In essence, this approach was grounded in particular moral virtues, namely biblical.

The new emphasis seeks to eliminate these traditional moral distinctions. Instead the student’s “choice” is given the supreme moral authority and the goal of these curriculums is to merely aid in the “safest” expression of the child’s choice.

This follows the vision set forth by Dr. Mary Calderone, former medical director of Planned Parenthood, first president of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS) and the architect of modern sex education:

A new stage of evolution is breaking across the horizon and the task of educators is to prepare children to step into that new world. To do this, they must pry children away from old views and values, especially from biblical and other traditional forms of sexual morality - for religious laws or rules about sex were made on the basis of ignorance. (Calderone & Johnson, The Family Book About Sexuality, 1981)

However, more and more modern sex education programs are becoming nothing more than publicly funded platforms for legitimizing homosexuality and other deviant and unsafe behaviors—pro-homosexual propaganda presented under the guise of “tolerance” and “diversity.”

As Olivia St. John writing for WorldNetDaily.com points out, “Thanks to public apathy and the efforts of misguided state and federal lawmakers, activist judges and liberal teachers unions, our nation's schools have become the new red-light district of the 21st century.”

St John offers for example, “Gay-Straight Alliances, or GSAs, serve as illicit sex breeding grounds in more than 3,000 public schools across America. The GSA Network News links students to socials, seminars, conferences and other events enabling adult homosexuals to develop relationships with young people. A recent announcement seeks ‘queer youth models’ who are males age 15-18 ‘or look under 18.’ Still another invites young people to a free movie screening described as being a ‘sexy, sensory treat.’ October's news featured a free ‘Queer Girl Retreat’ for females ages 24 and younger for ‘two days of radical queer education about community, bodies and pleasure.”

According to St. John, “GSA activists within public schools have inserted obscene material … into both libraries and classroom discussions. Considered ‘sexual literacy,’ assigned books explore sexual perversions, including teen sex with adults. One book titled The God Box questions the ‘interpretation’ of Biblical passages on homosexuality.”

More recently, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network has begun promoting transgender issues on middle and high school campuses. The GSA Network News detailed how a GSA club at Sierra High School in California recently completed its “newest event” – a Transgender Day of Remembrance.

In Fresno, a GSA club member at McLane High School and a former club member planned a community-wide Transgender Day of Remembrance at Café Fresno, which featured “open mic, poetry readings, music and general youth fellowship.” In support of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the GSA Network News offered the following encouragement to students, “Now, is the time to push your school and community ‘beyond the binary’ and focus on not only fighting homophobia on your campus, but also fighting transphobia.”

This follows an emerging trend in judicial activism. In 2002, a judge in Massachusetts ruled that a junior high school boy must be permitted to attend classes while wearing girls’ clothing. Judge Giles justifies her decision by claiming that “exposing children to diversity at an early age serves the important social goals of increasing their abilities to tolerate differences and teaching them respect for everyone’s experience in that ‘Brave New World’ out there.”

In a dispute that is still ongoing, the Montgomery County (Maryland) Board of Education last year adopted a sex education curriculum designed to teach tolerance of gays and lesbians. Among other things, course materials described as a “myth” the belief that “homosexuality is a sin” and characterized certain Christian religions as “intolerant and Biblically misguided” because they are “opposed to homosexuality.”

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teacher’s union representing more than 2.7 million teachers and educators offers the manual A School Employee’s Guide to Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues (GLBT) in which they state, “NEA stands committed to addressing the needs of and challenges faced by both GLBT students and our GLBT members and colleagues. And we will continue to work to secure GLBT rights as part of our larger effort to secure human and civil rights for all in and outside of the classroom.” The NEA actively promotes GSAs and works closely with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).  Committed to homosexual activism, “GLSEN works with educators, students, and the community to help children learn to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.” (Quote taken from the NEA website)

Suffice it to say that since its inception in the 1960s, the “modern” approach to sex education has been accompanied by epidemic rates of sexually transmitted disease among teens, out-of-wedlock teen pregnancies, and psychological trauma.  

However, it would be a mistake to regard this approach as merely misguided when in fact it is quite deliberate and its aims are very specific. It is as Dr. Calderone so plainly put it more than two decades ago; an effort to “pry children away from old views and values, especially from biblical and other traditional forms of sexual morality.”

© 2008 by S. Michael Craven


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Response from : Valerie Fahel-Schaffer  

January 21, 2008 8:57 AM
 

This is exactly why we homeschool our children, although my state is pretty conservative at this point. Of course, that isn't the only reason for us to homeschool, but it is on the same level as the other reasons.

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/entmootacademy/

 
Response from : Leann Bauer  

January 21, 2008 9:49 AM
 

Are you for real? You really don't know anything about GLBT people do you? These are normal people, not deviants or prostitutes. They lead normal lives, have jobs and are upstanding members of the community. It's only because of ignorance such as yours, that many in this community are forced to work in prostitution or drugs because you don't think they should be hired. Once a new generation of children grow up knowing more about sexual orientation & gender identity, we won't have the intolerance and bullying that persists now, and those that do have an orientation or gender identity that don't conform to what the norm is won't be scared to come out and talk about it.


 
Response from : Caitlain  

January 21, 2008 1:28 PM
 

I agree with Leann. You have absolutely no clue about GLBT individuals, and what GSAs are all about. You also have no clue about what sex education is about - you're just spreading more of your backwards ideology. It is hilarious when you claim that "the “modern” approach to sex education has been accompanied by epidemic rates of sexually transmitted disease among teens, out-of-wedlock teen pregnancies, and psychological trauma" and the vast majority of them are actually exposed to "abstinence only" sex ed in the schools these days. I think you have your facts backwards, my friend. lol


People like you are so disgusting.


 
Response from : Jonathan Stone  

January 21, 2008 1:39 PM
 

Anyone in doubt of the presence and effectiveness of "propaganda" that Mr. Craven points out, merely needs to read some of the comments in response to this article. The ignorance is both astonishing and sad!


 
Response from : Bob Cload  

January 21, 2008 2:46 PM
 

The events of our contemporary culture demand prayer and fasting as we stand in the gap with our Christ Jesus. Impossible as it seems, nothing is impossible for God.


 
Response from : Hazumu  

January 21, 2008 2:59 PM
 

the 'Recruitment' angle again.

If your children are not already same-sex oriented or strongly identify with the gender opposite of their physical sex -- in other words, if they're born straight -- they will stay that way and can't be convinced to be otherwise.

Also, the potential for gay- and trans-bigotry is similarly an innate trait; they will naturally, without prodding, want to harass someone displaying gay or trans tendencies.

Your work is done. If they're not already born this way, they cant be turned. Relax. Chill.

7 percent of the population is oriented towards same-sex. There is no cure for this. Reparation or Conversion Therapy does not work, the 'successes' are statistically insignificant, and the definition of 'success' is flawed, usually including cowing victims of conversion therapy into being celibate, with a guilt chaser of "don't think about gay sex."

Two tenths of a percent of the population is transgendered enough they are determined against all odds and all harassment that can be brought to bear against them by passionate, committed gay/trans-phobic bigots to live their lives as the gender their brain tells them they are, not what society, with a quick glance at the crotch at birth, assigns them to be. And they know this mismatch at a young age. By age 50, 50 percent of those so blessed or afflicted with this differentness will have attempted suicide. 34 percent who do not transition to their true gender (the opposite of what society says with a quick, furtive glance says they 'should' be,) take their own lives. The suicide rate for untreated schizophrenia is only 10 percent.

97 percent of your children will grow up to be straight, no matter what you do. they can't be recruited into becoming a member of the GLBT community.

The other 7 or so percent will turn out gay or lesbian or female-to-male or male-to-female transgendered, no matter what you do. You can't stop them from being this, you can't cure it, you can only make their lives miserable, and feel good about you and yours that you're so much better than 'them'.

Unless of course, one of yours one day screws up their courage against all the hatred, comes to you and says, "Dad, I'm gay...", or, "Dad, I'm trans..."


 
Response from : Hannah Lotton  

January 22, 2008 2:29 AM
 

I found this article very informative at a time when my 11 year old son who is in 5th grade, began a "Health" education program to learn about puberty. I previewed the material before he participated and gave my consent although next year (6th grade) he will study Sexual Development and Reproduction.

I want to share with your readers, a website published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services encouraging parents to discuss with their children waiting to have sex, what happens as he or she grows, and other important topics. I was very impressed that they not only included but emphasised teaching children to wait until marriage to have sex!
http://4parents.gov/index.html
Wow, this is a big step forward check it out. Could this be a beginning?

Pray for all parents and more family friendly commercials and programs.


 
Response from : Brianna Austin  

January 22, 2008 9:00 AM
 

This statement: St John offers for example, “Gay-Straight Alliances, or GSAs, serve as illicit sex breeding grounds in more than 3,000 public schools across America. The GSA Network News links students to socials, seminars, conferences and other events enabling adult homosexuals to develop relationships with young people." is so ignorant it is scary. You should do your homework first and then render an opinion, instead of having an opinion first and looking for sound bites to justify them.


 
Response from : Michael Craven  

January 22, 2008 1:52 PM
 

Dear Brianna,

You make a number of assumptions about me that reveal your own prejudice and stereotypes. The fact is, I have wonderful gay friends and yes, we do not agree on issues surrounding their lifestyle—they know this. Nonetheless, I love them and they love me. I wonder if you have any such friends? Do you have friends that think like me? That is true tolerance. Where you and I disagree is that you believe that by promoting a particular behavior: homosexuality, you are by extension promoting tolerance of those who practice that behavior. This is akin to promoting smoking in order to encourage tolerance of people who smoke. Smoking is a behavior, which people are free to do even if it does them harm. Conversely, smokers are people who are worthy of love and respect. These are two different things. I can discourage, even oppose smoking while being tolerant and accepting of the people that smoke. The same is true of homosexuality.

Contrary to your assertion that we have to “find our own truth,” there is A truth about reality, one way in which the world really is, and that truth can be known and tested. That which is true will correspond to reality, while that which is NOT true will conflict with reality producing adverse consequences. I see, as I’m sure you do, these consequences all the time among the GLBT community. These consequences result when we deviate from what is true about human sexuality. Aren’t you interested in knowing what is true? What if, as so much evidence demonstrates, homosexual behavior does people harm? Would you still promote that behavior in order to satisfy the more worthwhile desire of accepting all people? Can you oppose something (i.e. behavior) that does harm and still love the people engaged in the very behavior that is causing them harm? That is true love because love speaks the truth even when it is difficult to hear.

I have had more experience in this area than you realize and being opposed to homosexual behavior does not make one naïve’. In fact, it is because of my friendships and experience with those whom I have seen suffer that I oppose the promotion of the very behavior that caused them so much sorrow and pain.


 
Response from : Ratgirl  

January 25, 2008 5:46 PM
 

GSAs are not sex clubs! That's ridiculous.

Teaching tolerance?! How horrible!

What a silly article.


 
Response from : KJQ  

January 28, 2008 10:03 AM
 

To Leann, Caitlin, Brianna, Ratgirl and other similar moral relativists:

Please read Michel's recent article on sex education (http://www.battlefortruth.org/ArticlesDetail.asp?id=273), including his reference sources. Then answer me this - "How's that (modern sex education) working out for ya"? Do any of you have the intestinal fortitude to say "this isn't working, maybe we should rethink this"?

To Hazumu: Homosexual acts are behaviours. Just like adultery, murder, cheating, stealing. Like these, the desire (temptation) can be resisted. Like these, there are serious consequences for indulging in these behaviours, and significant advantages in not doing so. As a Christian this is no surprise because God always blesses obedience to His direction. You don't have to be a Christian to benefit from conformance to His will.


 

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