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Children living what they learn

Published:Saturday | March 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Years ago, as a child reading to my grandmother (one of her teaching methods) from one of the daily newspapers, I came across a story titled 'Britain's last cannibals'.

The main character, Sawney Bean, and his mistress lived in a cave on the outskirts of town with his family, which had grown large over time. Legend has it that for survival, Sawney Bean and his family resorted to robbing, killing and consuming their victims' bodies.

When the cannibals were caught, some were hanged and some burnt. Someone at the time recorded that they had shown no sign of remorse. The journalist who published the story in the late sixties remarked that Sawney Bean's offspring could show no sign of remorse as they came into this world seeing cannibalism being practised and would have being conditioned to believe what they were doing was normal.

As it was in the 16th century when Sawney Bean existed, so it is now, where there is a natural and unavoidable educational link between parents and children.

In light of that fact, and with the current behaviour of children in our society where teachers are brutally attacked, students maiming or killing each other, poor dress code of youths, and a general breakdown of discipline, thought should be given to making parenting skills a subject in schools.