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British Program Would Teach School Boys the Evils of Domestic Violence

Teaching Five Year Olds Not to Beat Their Wives

Their future wives, that is. In a proposed program generating buzz in the UK, students as young as five would be educated about the evils of domestic violence.

The potential lessons are part of a broad national initiative aimed at reducing violence against women and teaching kids how to maintain healthy relationships without resorting to violence. Here's more:

The lessons will be part of the National Curriculum and are likely to be taught in personal, social and health education classes, which are attended by children from the age of five.

Teachers will also be given new guidance on tackling "gender bullying."

Opponents of the plan argue that men are twice as likely as women to become victims of violence, and because 25 percent of the violent crimes in England and Wales are committed by women, why should boys be singled out?

Whether they're male or female, I don't think it hurts to educate kids about finding nonviolent ways to solve their problems. And though it seems a bit counterintuitive to teach boys how to treat their wives at an age when they still think girls have cooties, I don't think five is too young to start, either. What do you think about this idea?

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