Sunday, October 22, 2006

well at least read 'em the riot act

A couple news stories on the BBC that make for excellent cloudy day reading.
A survey by a charity called Booktrust and Pearson publishers suggests that "one in ten UK primary school parents never reads to their children" and a quarter of those polled "skip pages" to speed up the bedtime story."
In itself this is unfortunate but the beauty part reveals itself in the same paper from the Institute for Public Policy Research, which says that "Britain is in danger of becoming a nation fearful of its young people."
The report states that "British adults are less likely than those in Europe to intervene when teenagers commit anti-social behaviour."
The report blames "changes in the family, communities and the economy" for the rise in youth crime.
Read to the little bastards when their young or they'll steal your car later.

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