Yet More Wacky Curriculum Requests…

Children should get lessons in prison life to stop them becoming involved in crime, according to the Duke of Westminster’s daughter.

Lady Edwina Grosvenor, who has dedicated her life to prison reform, today called for the classes to be included in the national curriculum.

Why does everyone with a tuppenny-ha’penny cause or idea feel they have the right to demand it be shoehorned into the bulging national curriculum?

Surely children are far too busy learning how to write advertising copy (H/T: Tim Worstall) to study old episodes of ‘Porridge’?

She said that teaching primary and secondary school children about the harsh reality of jail would deter them from committing offences.

Really? It seems that actually going to jail doesn’t do that! Maybe that ‘harsh reality’ isn’t as harsh as their home lives?

8 comments for “Yet More Wacky Curriculum Requests…

  1. john in cheshire
    May 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I think she is entitled to her opinions but why is she given the opportunity to broadcast them to the nation?

  2. amfortas
    May 2, 2013 at 10:26 am

    How about lessons in making shoes. Invite small boys from Bangladesh to give the lessons. One per school, paid-for from the sales of the shoes made by the puplis throughout the year. Profits could go toward buying lap-tops.

    And what about having two children from each class every day working on a school farm. They could learn farming and horticulture, sow and harvest for the school canteen and sell surplus in the local farmer’s market. Lots of maths and science in that, not to mention PE with all the digging and hauling.

    Additional science practice could be gained by hiring out school kids to Global Warming science projects. Drop a line of kiddies in the ocean at ten mile intervals and have them record temperature and the height that waves lift them. Suitable wet environment clothing would be needed which could be provided by other classes doing sewing lessons. Little girls from Bangladesh could have equal opportunity as teachers.

    • mikebravo
      May 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      I’m looking for a couple of lads to employ in my chimney sweeping business guvnor!

  3. May 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Surely children are far too busy learning how to write advertising copy


  4. Tatty
    May 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    The only way to stop people going to jail is to stop sending them…oh wait…

  5. Verily
    May 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Normally I would say teach kids everything, but then everything is a big subject and requires lots of homework.

    However I think there are lot of things that can’t be taught. Some things are down to personal morality, a sense of fair play, a certain amount of reasonable sense and caution, plus many things that only life and the behaviour of other people can teach you.

    But there is a problem, even if you managed to show kids how bad prison life is (and there is some argument whether prison life is quite as harsh as billed, but I digress) because virtually every criminal believes they can ‘get away with it’ and have the view that even if caught, there are unlikely in our enlightened time to be any penalties. Any imposed are neatly curtailed anyway, and there is no social stigma.

    My wife, who teaches, has students who like the ‘prison style’ of clothes with pants halfway down their backside, no shoelaces and walk round chewing a toothbrush which may or may not have been sharpened into a weapon. Many kids seem to admire the look.

    Finally I imagine any inmate talking to kids would say, essentially, don’t get caught. But they might have some good advice on how best to cover your tracks…

    • amfortas
      May 3, 2013 at 2:19 am

      Suggest to your teacher-wife that she tells the kids who wear their trousers half down that in a prison it is indicative that their backsides are available for hire.

  6. Furor Teutonicus
    May 8, 2013 at 6:53 am

    XX Really? It seems that actually going to jail doesn’t do that! Maybe that ‘harsh reality’ isn’t as harsh as their home lives?XX

    Used to be that they had the choice; “Go fight Napoleon, or go to prison”.

    Most chose to fight Napoleon.

    Now what do you think the result would be today, if we asked “Go fight the Taliban, or go to prison”?

    Sais it all about prison life really.

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