Parents who wonder how much more aggressive sex education can get should be concerned about guidelines which the United Nations is concocting, inspired by Alfred Kinsey. “Promoting sex education to the youngest of the young has drawn harsh criticism to a UN agency and its interpretation of age-appropriate education,” Terrence McKeegan, J. D. reported in an update for the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute on November 4, 2010.
“It is never too early to start talking to children about sexual matters,” the guidelines issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization proclaim.
Please bear in mind, the notion of a UN-inspired U. S. public school curriculum is not such a far fetched one. The International Baccalaureate program is one such widely accepted course of study in American schools.
Although sex-ed is hardly as rarefied a course of study as the IB, taxpayers who crowd school board meetings to complain about their local school’s often expansive guidelines might be startled to see how the UN ups the ante. “Once highly respected for its independence and integrity, UNESCO now works in partnership with the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS), an educational arm of the controversial Kinsey Institute,” McKeegan writes. “Last September, a torrent of criticism greeted new UNESCO guidelines on sexuality education for promoting legal abortion and masturbation for children as young as five.”
Yet and still, the revisions themselves are hardly family-friendly, at least in the traditional sense of the phrase. “UNESCO removed some of the most explicit language in the revised guidelines, but retained an appendix with ‘guiding principles’ that includes a Kinsey-inspired sex education curriculum for children from birth to age five,” McKeegan notes. “This curriculum instructs parents to provide anatomically correct dolls for young children to play with, inform them of diverse sexual relationships, and to be supportive of masturbation.”
The UN’s connection to the work of controversial sex researcher Kinsey is fairly explicit. “UNESCO acknowledges a former director of SIECUS is one of the principle authors of its sexuality guidelines,” McKeegan observes. “ The guidelines are cited authoritatively as a model of age-appropriate sex education in a new UN report on education rights that was roundly denounced by UN members last week.”
The sage of Bloomington would probably feel vindicated. “Infamous sexologist Alfred Kinsey founded his institute at Indiana University,” McKeegan recounts. “Kinsey reached prominence in the 1940s and 1950s for his work in documenting human sexual behaviors.”
“Critics accused Kinsey of promoting pedophilia, pointing to his research that documented adults bringing children and infants to orgasm. The Kinsey Institute created SIECUS in 1964 as its educational arm. Its first director was Dr. Mary Calderone, the former medical director of Planned Parenthood. A recent government report revealed that SIECUS received $1.6 million dollars in federal funding between 2002 and 2009.” That would make them a beneficiary of government largesse during the Bush years.
“Table 34 in Kinsey’s book, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, published in 1948, lists the number of orgasms of children, some as young as two, performed within a 24-hour period,” the Liberty Counsel notes. The Liberty Counsel is providing legal advice to a woman, using a pseudonym—Esther—who alleges she was one of those children.
“Kinsey had befriended Esther’s grandfather in college, who encouraged his son to join in on the experiment,” the Liberty Counsel alleges. “Esther says she witnessed both her father and grandfather personally receiving checks from Kinsey for their sexual acts.”
“She also found a checklist of her father’s that listed what he was doing to her, which would be given to Kinsey for research.”
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
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