Yet another Member of Parliament came perilously close this week to blaming the education system for one of the ills of society.
She broadcast two tweets in quick succession:
1) Discussing importance of mandatory #PSHE in schools in parliament- should include issues of violence agt girls & gender equality too
2) Shockingly, according to NSPCC, 1 in 3 teenage girls has experienced sexual violence from a partner
Progressive schools have recognized the importance of Personal Social & Health Education, and have been delivering it for the last 30 years or more.
- Has it affected the level of appalling violence against women and young girls?
- Has it done anything to reduce under-aged sex or the problem of teenage pregnancy?
- Indeed, has the total ban on advertising, the mass of public information and opinion, or the knowledge of relatives or family friends suffering from illnesses associated with smoking had any affect at all on young people lighting up?
Not much, probably.
- Teachers can be sages and dish out the perceived wisdom of our time.
- We can be priests and preach a sermon on morality or lay down the ten commandments.
- We can even sit in judgement, pronounce verdicts and deliver some consequences.
But know this. Ignorance is probably not a major factor when somebody does something that the vast majority of society thinks is bad.