Schools to teach kids to respect others? It’s too late by then

Some dumb poll returned a result that 74% of adults think it might be a good idea for schools to teach children respect when dealing with sex education; not just the mechanics of it.

Nearly three-quarters of New Zealanders feel that the Roast Busters case showed high school students needed to be taught about respectful attitudes to sex, not just the mechanics of sexual intercourse.

Sex education and rape prevention came into the spotlight in October amid allegations against Auckland teenagers who boasted on the internet about having sex with drunk and underage girls.

Herald-DigiPoll survey showed 74.7 per cent of respondents believed high schools should teach more than the physical and medical aspects of sex and also emphasise respect for sexual partners.

Following the Roast Busters scandal, Prime Minister John Key said the Government would have to tread carefully in expanding sex education in schools because some parents felt it would cut across their responsibilities and rights and others would feel that more education would keep young women safer and allow them to better understand their rights.

It was a very delicate balance which had to be right, he said.

Fewer than one in five people surveyed felt that shaping attitudes to sex was the sole domain of parents.

There is nothing wrong with reinforcing the message, but if you think you can turn around years of what they see at home with a few hours in class, you’re seriously deluded.  

Politicians on both sides of the spectrum agreed that sexual education needed an overhaul, though there was disagreement about who was responsible for giving teens a more holistic education.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig said parents should be responsible for teaching kids about sexuality, but there needed to be an institutional backup if parents failed.

Post Primary Teachers’ Association President Angela Roberts said the poll result wasn’t surprising.

“A really good place for kids to learn this stuff is in schools where they can be taught by specialists.”

Angela Roberts is a dangerous woman.  If she thinks it is the job of ‘experts’ to teach respect, which is based in empathy and years of being exposed to it as you grow up, she should be in charge of filling the water cooler, let alone a scumbag teachers union.

What is truly concerning is that 74% of the poll respondents think that school is a good place to teach respect for women.  Just to have parents thinking this way is a terrible indication the social engineers have succeeded in making parents believe The State is responsible for bringing up children.



By Isaac Davison and Ben Irwin, with additional sanity by Cameron Slater

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