|In the right mindset, this picture is ironic on any number of levels|
It would seem that sexual education in Britain is in a sorry state, if the elevated teen pregnancy rate (41.9 conceptions for every 1,000 15-to-17-year-olds, according to 2007 statistics) is anything to judge by. In an attempt to try and curb these numbers (having failed – horribly – to halve them by 2010, as was their original goal), the government has now made sex ed classes mandatory for public schools (along with the usual compromises for faith-based schools – can’t have those little puritans exposed to such things as how the body works and what to do about it, right?). While this is may look like a bit of a drastic measure, I, for one, fully endorse it – the more quality sex ed kids and teens get, the better, especially with teen pregnancy rates like those. It’s just a good and sensible move overall.
But, of course, don’t expect the cranks and puritans to accept this line of thinking. In what has got to be the most pathetic bit of “journalism” since Ed West’s “FASCISM!” nonsense in the Telegraph (you just know I had to mention that), Peter Hitchens at the Mail Online presents this breathtakingly idiotic piece against sex education, and in doing so, a prime illustration in cognitive dissonance. The nonsense begins with the very first lines:
Sex education has failed. So the Establishment decrees that we must have more of it, and in fact that there shall be no escape from it.
What I don’t grasp is why the people of this country put up with so many separate insults to their intelligence in any given week.
The only “insult to their intelligence” here is Hitchens claiming that sex education has “failed”. This shows a rather abrupt misunderstanding of the nature of any education, regardless of topic. Sex ed cannot fail, no more than can education in mathematics or history. The techniques and methods used to teach sex ed may, themselves, prove faulty or ineffectual, but the matter at heart – teaching youths about the body, sex, reproduction and sexual protection – is perfectly sound and, what’s more, highly encouraged.
Now, get ready for the real stupid, people: