There is something to be said for the government's new plan to have sex education for 5 year olds. Not for preventing teenage pregnancy or reducing std rates which have grown steadily alongside the expansion of sex education. No, it is useless for the stated purpose.
However we all know that recruiting teachers is hard, the low morale, low pay and lack of respect for the profession have all been well documented by the teaching unions. This has led to a sharp reduction in the quality of teachers entering the profession with many barely literate or numerate.
Yet there is one group of intelligent and highly qualified people who are still willing to become teachers despite of all these problems- latent paedophiles. These people are a valuable source of talent for our schools and we need to encourage them to remain in the profession and the best way to achieve that goal is to provide them with regular opportunities to talk dirty to small children.
So three cheers for education minister Jim Knight for this brave new initiative.
West Bay station, Bridport, in 1982
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