Outrage in UK over promoting porn in classroom

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

hand on chalkboardParents in the United Kingdom are voicing outrage and challenging Education Secretary John Swinney, charging that materials in the school curriculum “promote pornography.”

The heated outcry was voiced during a public meeting organized by the National Parent Forum of Scotland in Perth, where Swinney took an earful from irate parents accusing him of robbing their children of their innocence.

“John Swinney defended the materials, which one parent said were ‘corrupting children,’" The Christian Institute reported.

Sex ed or indoctrination in immorality?

Also serving as Scotland’s deputy first minister, Sinney was grilled over a new relationships, sexual health and parenthood curriculum that many parents complain is unsuitable for children.

“One parent said schools risked ‘normalizing pornography,’" the Christian group recounted from the meeting. “Another challenged the teaching that gender is subjective, calling it a ‘very dangerous and confusing message’ for young people. The parent also criticized the promotion of masturbation.”

A parent’s case and point was made during the public exchange when he attempted to relay what was going on behind closed classroom doors with children held as captive audiences.

“When the father gave a graphic description of what he claimed was being taught, he was asked by the chair of the event to tone down his language,” the group recalled. “He responded by saying if it's not suitable to talk about with adults, ‘How can it possibly be suitable to talk about in schools [with children]?’"

He was particularly exasperated by how the school treated immoral sexual behavior as something to be pursued and celebrated.

"Pornography is positively promoted in these materials as something beneficial and helpful,” the irate father added. “These materials are not educational; they are corrupting of children."

Concerns properly addressed?

Without committing to make demanded changes, public officials gave parents what many consider mere lip service.

“Mr. Swinney acknowledged the sensitive material involved, but argued that the material was age-appropriate and would properly equip young people,” the institute divulged. “A Scottish government spokesman responded by saying that it is working closely with parents and taking their views into account.”

Christian Institute Deputy Director Simon Calvert complained that British public education is more concerned about promoting the agenda of left-leaning activists than in letting parents have a say in their children’s education.

"It looks like Warwickshire has paid more attention to a controversial sex education consultancy than to what parents understand to be in the best interests of their children," Calvert contended, according to WND.

Christian Institute Education Officer John Denning stressed that parental rights should trump schools’ rights when it comes to children’s education.

"If schools are teaching about sexual activity or sexual relationships, then it is sex education – whatever the school calls it,” Denning pointed out. “Parents have a right to request their children are withdrawn from sex education – a request which primary schools must always grant – and it is the school’s duty to consult with parents and provide relationships education which is appropriate to children’s age and religious background."

What? At age 6?

Just last month, UK parents were up-in-arms again when their children straight out of kindergarten were taught how to sexually stimulate themselves by teachers in the classroom.

“Children as young as six are being taught about touching or ‘stimulating’ their own genitals as part of classes that will become compulsory in hundreds of primary schools,” the Daily Mail announced at the end of September. “Some parents believe the lessons – part of a controversial new sex and relationships teaching program called ‘All About Me’ – are ‘sexualizing’ their young children.”

The Warwickshire County Council is rolling out All About Me across 241 primaries and is expected to be adopted next year by other local authorities as the government overhauls its Relationship and Sex Education program.

Parents, such a Naomi and Matthew Seymour, who have two sons enrolled at Coten End Primary School in Warwick, argue that their children have been exposed to sexual topics they “were not ready to hear,” so they made sure their sons did not attend school the week “All About Me” was being taught.

“My wife cried the first time she read what was going to be in the lessons,’ 38-year-old Matthew Seymour shared with the Daily Mail. “This sexualization of our children is just totally inappropriate.”

He stressed that just because schools use euphemisms for words describing sexual behavior – so they don’t sound as explicit – the content reviewed in class is no more suitable for young children.

“They are calling it self-touching, and they won’t use the term masturbation, but when you read it, that’s exactly what they’re talking about,” he added.

When asked in June by concerned parents at Coten End Primary School about self-stimulation appearing in the Year Five lessons plans and other controversial sexual issues being taught in class, one of the creators of the All About Me program, sex education consultant Jonny Hunt tried to explain why it was not in the non-compulsory sex ed part of the program.

“Actually, we refer to self-stimulation or self-soothing throughout the program in earlier years, as well,” Hunt clarified, according to the Daily Mail. “This is not sex education, but actually information around safe and appropriate touching. However uncomfortable adults may find it, children of all ages will self-stimulate from time to time. They may do this when anxious or simply because it feels nice.’”

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