Wednesday, March 24, 2010

UK "Children, Schools and Families Bill" and broader implications

In his continuing very informative blogs on the ‘Children, Schools and Families Bill’, that is at present making its way through the UK Parliament, SPUC Director John Smeaton refers to the ‘values clarification’ infecting this and other so-called ‘sex education programmes’.

He also gives a link to an interesting and important article on the Catholic Insight website, relating to the activities of what was known as the ‘Frankfort School’. The article is well worth reading from beginning to end, and I give here just a small flavour of it – a list of some of the aims and objects of those involved in the ideology of the Frankfort School, founded in the 1920s, and one of whose main ideas was to exploit Freud’s idea of ‘pansexualism’:
The creation of racism offences
Continual change to create confusion
The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
Huge immigration to destroy identity
The promotion of excessive drinking
Emptying of churches
An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
Dependency on the state or state benefits
Control and dumbing down of media
Encouraging the breakdown of the family

Sounds familiar?
Much of the above owed a lot to the ideas of Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and William Coulson, psychologists whose ideologies flourished in this part of the world from the middle of the twentieth century. One of them, however, Dr. William Coulson, who later came to realise the dangers – particularly to children, but also to adults – of Maslow’s and Rogers’ plans, travelled throughout the world warning parents, and people generally, not to accept their teachings, and pointing out the destructive results that followed the application of those ideologies.

In Ireland, for instance, the ‘Stay Safe’ programme (related to the UK ‘Kidscape’ programme) was based on ‘values clarification’. In a paper entitled ‘The Use of the School to Secularize our Way of Life’ (1993) it was pointed out, quoting from a Green Paper issued by the Irish Government on the subject of The Role of Schools in Promoting Health and Well-being, that the State was increasingly trying to take over the role of parents:
‘Health Education in Primary Schools aims at providing each child with a foundation for healthy living in all its aspects. It is concerned with the social, mental and spiritual development of the child as an individual and as a member of society, in the communal and global sense.’

The 1993 paper continues:
‘Under Programmes called Family Life Education/Personal and Social Development/Health Education/Lifeskills/ etc. our school children are being conditioned into a new psycho-sexual/social ethic. This ethic, its theoretical roots premised on research emanating from the now discredited Kinsey Institute, is diametrically opposed to the moral teaching of the Christian Churches – chastity before marriage and fidelity within. Yet this new ethic has been and is promoted as the basis for a socially healthy lifestyle throughout Irish education.
‘Defining this new ethic and devising the strategies that will bring the attitudes, values and behaviour of young people into conformity with it is the mission of a powerful lobby, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) which represents those interests which seek to control the growth of population globally. […]
‘Through mandatory Sexuality Education Programmes which use the internationally developed decision-making/values clarification/problem solving techniques, these Health Education type programmes introduce our children, who have already been helped towards autonomy and self-empowerment, to pagan lifestyles such as early sexual activity, including homosexuality and bisexuality. […]
‘As part of how IPPF sees its central role in the development of a new psycho-sexual/social ethic, it has been campaigning worldwide for children to have legal access to Family Planning information and services including the right to legal abortion without the need for parental knowledge or consent. It is worth noting the IPPF’s affiliate, the Irish Family Planning Association, has been to the fore in promoting Health Education type programmes and in campaigning for Sexuality Education to be included in the curriculum; for young people to have easy access to contraceptives and for abortion to be legalized. It is also playing a role in ‘Child Abuse Prevention’. […]’