Friday, 23 July 2010

Sex Education

So, sex education in schools is sadly lacking, according to Ofsted. It's caused by a combination of factors:

  • Not enough emphasis on emotional development, relationships and marriage;
  • Teachers themselves being uncomfortable with teaching the subject.
Well, of course the teachers feel uncomfortable about it. I recently attended my cousin's school play, and was astonished to see that their Drama teacher (the Head of the Drama Faculty, no less) was younger than me. He'd only been out of University by a year or two. If I was in his shoes, I'd feel pretty embarrassed about teaching sex education to people within 5 or 6 years of my own age.

And the other point, about emotional development, relationships and marriage. Very important, of course - but I have to admit I'm slightly disturbed by the concept of my own children being taught about emotional development, relationships and marriage by the State. Surely, such things are none of the State's business?

Ofsted's Concept of the State Education System

Perhaps a better approach would be to engage and involve parents in this aspect of a child's education. The State can provide guidance and support, but not instruction. Maybe a child's education should not stop when they leave the classroom. I know that's the case with my children. I know that was the case with me - I learned far more outside of the classroom than I ever did in it.

Just a thought.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The Blogosphere

The Blogosphere, imploding earlier

I don't know whether it's just me, but a lot of blogs seem to be disappearing recently, to the extent that my favourites list may need revising. Constantly Furious has taken an announced leave of absence. Both Cranmer and Ollie Cromwell also appear to have gone silent.

All I can say is, thank God for Guido Fawkes, who appears to delight it smashing down the 'Pay Wall' all by himself, and Old Holborn, who delights in smashing anything that stands still for long enough.

Perhaps my own humble musings will rise to fill the void... who am I kidding?

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Government Crowd-Sourcing

Dave and Nick have taken to crowd-sourcing as their new way of staying in touch with the public.

Jolly good. I'm glad that they're asking for my ideas. Particularly on how to restore our civil liberties, and shortly, on how to cut public expenditure and reduce the deficit.

There is one slight problem.

The 'Your Freedom' website is very slow. It's rather difficult to comment on it at all. It has a propensity to hang rather a lot. Perhaps the Government should consider upgrading their servers?