Sunday, 24 December 2006
Crime and Punishment
I've been thinking, dangerous I know. I was at work last night when a public information advertisement came on the TV warning about the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. These adverts are aimed at teenagers, but I feel what they fail to show are the consequences of catching these diseases. There is no mention of the medical effects being infected may cause.
This in a way brings me to my point, kids are told what to avoid, but they are not taught what the consequences will be if they fail to.
I feel the same could be said about crime, kids understand what is illegal, but fail to understand the consequences that must be faced if the law is broken. What I would like to suggest is an addition to the School curriculum to include lessons in Crime and Punishment. The lessons could possibly be given twice a year for the final three years of School. The kids could be taught the process of being arrested, all the way to being sat behind bars in prison. The lessons could be given by members of the prison service or the police force, it may also be beneficial to include the probation service who could give the kids some idea what difficulties ex-prisoners face on release.
I feel that if the kids are informed of the mess their lives could become they may be less inclined to commit crime. This may be a stupid idea, so I'd like your opinion. If this idea is met favourably, I'll consider formulating a petition for the inclusion of Crime and Punishment lessons to be included in the National Curriculum.