Tuesday 19 October 2010
The rather sensational headline in a recent Daily Mail online article read: ‘Pupils to learn about rape and laws of consent in bid to cut violent crime’. The story went on to explain that the ‘lessons about rape and drunken sex’ are proposed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in an attempt to reduce the rate of violent crime in the city. They would be part of the Personal, Social and Health Education programme.
Critics of the scheme, such as Margaret Morrissey, founder of...
Thursday 17 June 2010
In an ideal world children would remain innocent little angels playing innocent sweet games until … when? Who is to decide?
Children are born curious. Asking endless questions is how they learn. Of course different children ask different questions at different ages and of course some parents find the “Where do babies come from” questions just too embarrassing to answer. Or they fall back on the age-old get-out statements: “Under a gooseberry bush” or “Wait till you’re older”.
Some things never change including adults’ views of the young. Even Socrates is quoted as saying: “children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” **
It’s so easy to criticise “the youth of today”; every generation are appalled by how their lack of manners, by how standards of behaviour have declined, by how little respect they show towards their elders who are obviously their betters....