PARENTS who are angry over what they regard as the explicit nature of sex education lessons being planned for children as young as six and seven-years-old have our sympathy.
But they must learn that there is a difference between teaching children about human relationships and sexual facts and the sexualisation of young minds. Indeed there is far too much of the latter with children constantly under bombardment from a world which seems incapable of selling anything without wrapping it in sexual innuendo.
And it is true that children are too early deprived of their most precious characteristic, their childhood.
On the other hand, our schools have a duty to educate children as widely and thoroughly as possible, and that includes sex education. They also have a responsibility to ensure that lessons are carefully and constructively delivered.
Somewhere between these two viewpoints is a satisfactory solution and we encourage both sides to compromise.
Local contracts for local firms
IT is great news that a Sheffield firm has been chosen to supply equipment for the new biomass renewable energy plant to be developed on the old Blackburn Meadows power station. For we hope that this will act as a precedent and see jobs and opportunities coming our way as the project develops.
Power generator E.ON is building the complex on the site where the twin cooling towers once stood alongside the M1 and it will convert waste wood into energy. In fact, it is expected that the plant will produce enough electricity to supply 40,000 homes.
As part of the project, a £14 million contract to supply handling equipment has gone to Sheffield-based firm Geo Robson. Much more work will be created as this scheme develops and we genuinely hope that local firms will be successful and land more contracts.
TODAY we are delighted to throw the spotlight of praise on a group of hard working local teenagers who have been given their Duke of Edinburgh awards.
We hear too many complaints about young people who are often branded as lazy trouble-causers. But the ceremony where these awards were handed out shows that the bad apples in the teenage barrel are definitely in the minority.
There are many young people who are on the right lines towards making good citizens and the application which went into earning the Duke of Edinburgh awards shows they are not afraid of hard work. They are great ambassadors.