Privilege. Particularly re: education
First, read this article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/dec/03/labour-calls-children-taught-gambling
Okay, so a gambling addiction support group thinks it’s a good idea that, given the easy availability of online gambling, kids should be taught how odds work.
I think this is a good idea.
Personally, I’ve no idea about how it all works. My brother gambles / has gambled (dunno which currently – it’s a sensitive topic with the fiancee) quite a bit, with a fair amount of success (he’s good at the gambling, less good at hanging onto the winnings). But he’s worked quite hard to become that good. (Never play him at poker – his poker face / grin will give you nightmares, and however fast you think you can compute the odds, he can do it faster.)
But here’s a quote from the article:
Graham Stuart, Conservative MP and chairman of the Commons education select committee, said: “I am generally nervous of trying to make schools the cure-all for society’s ills. Their primary aim is to equip children with the basic skills of a decent education.”
Yes, that is their primary aim. What is he implying? That a ‘decent education’ does not include the skills to avoid an online gambling addiction? Or maybe he thinks that is something one’s parents should teach a youngster at the races, or maybe at the card table over cogniac after dinner?
Graham Stuart went to an independent school followed by Cambridge (where, incidentally, he failed his degree, however is apparently still okay to be the chair of the education select committee. Fancy that). This is just a theory, but I suspect Mr Stuart has little idea of how truly ignorant (in the literal sense, not as an insult) some people can be. You don’t have to pass an exam to be a parent, so some very ignorant people end up as parents, and cannot fill up any gaps that a school / Tory MP sees fit to leave in their children’s education.
Giving information out as part of the national curriculum is a really good way of making sure you reach everyone, and preventing (or at least lessening) problems in the future. Gamcare are the experts in this area. If Gamcare think this information is necessary, and that schools are a good vector for the information, it might be wise to listen to them.