Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld
is the author of eight books on education, including: "Is Public Education Necessary?"
"NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education," "The Whole Language/OBE Fraud" and
"Homeschooling: A Parents Guide to Teaching Children." His books are available on Amazon.com. Back issues of his incisive newsletter, The Blumenfeld Education Letter, are available online. More ↓Less ↑
Ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have bad consequences. The ideas behind sex education have done more to destroy biblically based moral values than any other secular force in America.
The first idea to become a battering ram against traditional sexual morality was Sigmund Freud’s dictum that sexual repression causes neurosis. If sexual repression creates dysfunction, then the remedy, of course, is free sexual expression. That was not the cure Freud recommended, but Freud’s ideas so strongly influenced American culture that clothes for women went from the trussed up sexually repressed fashions of 1900 to the loose liberating flapper skirts of the roaring twenties – in only 20 years!
Greenwich Village bohemians and intellectuals took to Freud like ducks to water. It provided a scientific justification for their free-love promiscuity and disregard of bourgeois morals.
The second major idea came from socialist Margaret Sanger, free-love advocate, who launched a campaign in 1916 to promote contraception and abortion in order to free women from the burdens of unwanted pregnancy.
Sanger later adopted the views of the eugenicists who promoted the idea that only “the fit” should be encouraged to have children and “the unfit” discouraged from doing so. Sex education became an indispensable part of Sanger’s birth-control movement. As a result, Planned Parenthood, which she founded, became the pioneer advocate of comprehensive sex education in the schools.
In 1953, Planned Parenthood staffer Lena Levine wrote, “[Our goal] is to be ready as educators and parents to help young people obtain sex satisfaction before marriage. By sanctioning sex before marriage, we will prevent fear and guilt … we must be ready to provide young boys and girls with the best contraception measures available so they will have the necessary means to achieve sexual satisfaction without having to risk possible pregnancy.”
The third evil idea came from sexologist Alfred C. Kinsey, head of the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Kinsey’s famous report, “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male,” published in 1958, preached the idea that human beings are sexual from birth. The data on 317 infants and young boys supposedly provided the scientific source of that idea. This data was obtained from a pedophile who had actually masturbated infants and boys and kept records of his criminal experiments. All of this was exposed years later by Dr. Judith Reisman, who accused Kinsey of complicity in the sexual abuse of young children.
The fourth idea came from Dr. Mary Calderone, past Medical Director of Planned Parenthood. She and her humanist colleagues launched SIECUS, the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States, at the Kinsey Institute, specifically to teach Kinseyan sexual ideology as sex education. Dr. Calderone transformed sex education into the sexuality education presently taught in American schools. SIECUS provides most of the teaching materials now used in the public schools.
The fifth revolutionary idea came from the “Humanist Manifesto II” (1973) which challenged the views of traditional religion regarding sexual behavior and proclaimed total sexual freedom among consenting adults as the new moral standard for sexual behavior. The manifesto was signed by many academicians, including sexologist Dr. Lester A. Kirkendall, a director of SIECUS, and Dr. Alan C. Guttmacher, president of Planned Parenthood.
In 1976, Dr. Kirkendall published “A New Bill of Sexual Rights and Responsibilities,” signed by 37 leading sexologists and authors. The book states: “Humanists have had an important role in the sexual revolution. Although ‘Humanist Manifesto II’ contains a brief section on sexuality, we thought a more detailed statement would be useful.”
Out of this interlocking directorate of humanist sex education organizations came the curriculum of sex education for American schools. And the result has been rampant premarital sex among students leading to unwanted pregnancy, abortion, single parenthood, sexually transmitted diseases, physical abuse and even murder of sexual partners, increased sexual perversion, children living in poverty without fathers, emotional turmoil, drug addiction, depression, the proliferation of pornography. In other words, premarital sex has created more social problems and pathology in America than any other activity, and it can virtually all be blamed on sex ed.
What’s the solution? According to the sexologists, we need more sex ed, not less. And so politicians have decided to help by injecting federal funds into sexuality programs for schools. The result is that sex ed has become raunchier, more disgusting, and more blasphemous of traditional values.
The only solution for parents is homeschooling or private schools. That’s the only way they can protect the innocence of their children.
In 1999, SIECUS asked readers to name those people who have done the most to affirm sexuality. The top 10, chosen out of 100, were: Judy Blume, Mary Calderone, Ellen DeGeneres, Jocelyn Elders, Hugh Hefner, Anita Hill, Magic Johnson, Madonna, Gloria Steinem and Ruth Westheimer. Only in America!