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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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SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I think the curriculum must focus on both genders because the message is very important!
merie33 merie33 8 years
Anonymous...Women hitting men can be just as dangerous as the other way around. I know a couple, the guy is like 6'5 and a good 275 lbs, the girl is TINY, I'm talking maybe 5 feet and maybe 110 dripping wet..she beats the crap out of him. He shows up with bruises, black eyes...he had a dislocated elbow because of her..she'll smack him with bottles, lamps, if she can pick it up she'll hit him. And he won't hit her back because she's a girl. It's ridiculous. And like Glowingmoon said...criminal. I think this program is a good idea, but it shouldn't just be focused on the little guys. Girls ought to sit through it too.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
This is in the UK right? There's a difference between how European men treat women in general and programs like this are part of the reason. I'm not surprised England is taking initiative. The USA will never do it. The issues are ignored here until someone gets hurt, and then police arrive as a knee jerk reaction.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree with Bluepuppybit. I think girls should be included, too. I know of women who physically mistreated their boyfriends and husbands, too. It was brutal and violent. I heard of one woman taking a coat hanger to try to gouge her husband's eyes. I dont give a f*ck that she was a woman, that behavior is wrong and CRIMINAL. Physical violence is never okay, not even for a woman. Incidentally, my husband and I joked about this. He told me he would never hit a lady. However, if I ever hit him, I am no lady, so he would strike me back. :) He was joking, but I take him seriously on this. We've been together for over ten years, and I never laid a hand on him (in violence). He would fight back. :)
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Bluepuppy, you are so right! I've seen girls hit their bfs really hard durring arguements or "playing" because they think "I'm a girl so its ok". My bf used to tell me how he hated how his ex-gf used to hit him all the time
janneth janneth 8 years
They learn it in school, but what about when they go home and their drunk parent is screaming at or hitting the other parent? And I hope they include verbal abuse.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I think it's a good start, but I think they should add in a self-esteem workshop, so kids know it's never okay to be with someone who hits you.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
I think is good school are taking the initiative, but as blepuppybites stated girls should be included too. I also believe that it has to start from home, and that parents should give the example; if you don't have a good example it doesn't matter what you learn in school. It has to start from the parents.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I think it's ok except that I don't think boys should be singled out, I have come across some pretty violent females who think its ok to hit because they are girls. I think its great that they want to teach other ways to deal with anger and frustration.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I think it's fine. You live what you learn, and truly what you are a 6 you are at 60. If you grow up thinking violence is okay, it will never change. Start young so they figure out more constructive ways to handle their issues. It's more a lesson on how to treat people in general, not just your husband or wife.
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