Love should be taught in school

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 May, 2011, 12:00am


We often see teenage couples acting romantically in public. Yet despite the reality of this, few schools take time to educate their students about romance. That's a serious shortcoming of our education system.

Students spend long hours studying a variety of subjects, yet their knowledge of the world ends up being one-sided. They learn a lot about many subjects yet remain ill-equipped to handle relationships.

By nature many teenagers are impulsive and immature. When they face problems in their love lives, they may resort to dangerous actions, and could even harm themselves.

I believe schools are responsible for educating their students on this issue. That way many unplanned teen pregnancies could also be avoided.

Some people may reject this idea as impractical or inappropriate. Yet I think teachers can handle the subject in a proper manner.

Octavia Hung Sai-sai, Pooi To Middle School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Octavia. It is not easy for a school to teach this sort of subject. Many parents would find it offensive. As it is such a personal issue, it is hard for a school to set guidelines. They would have to be able to facilitate the morals of every child's parent.

It's not as simple a matter as talking about birth control, or explaining where babies come from. When you start to add 'romance' into that mix, it becomes even more difficult to teach. Again, there would be massive resistance from parents who do not want their children distracted by such matters.

Perhaps one way to work out the reaction to such an idea would be to poll parents and see if they would be comfortable with their children being taught about love at school. Young Post would guess most parents would say 'no'.

Susan, Editor