Essex schoolboys to be 'taught how to chat-up women'
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In January, Chase High School in Essex will be introducing a mentoring scheme which aims to boost the self-confidence of boys who lack positive male role models. They will be taught how to “chat-up girls” amid fears pornography has distorted their view of women. On specific "man days," male teachers of the school will give classes on various life skills, including how to shave, save money, ask a girl out and treat a woman. They will take part in football tournaments, have golf lessons, and learn about camping and survival skills to encourage team-building. Headteacher Victoria Overy said: ”I have a school full of brilliant male role models and it would be a shame to waste that. This is for everybody, but we have got our target group of lads who really need to be choosing a different path from their fathers or brothers." Girls, on the other hand, will benefit from a parallel programme about self perception. They will work with female teachers and focus on finance management and career aspirations. “Sadly, through such easy access to pornography, the boys’ view of women has been skewed,” argues Overy. “Sex education often only deals with how not to get pregnant and violent relationships. We want this scheme to teach pupils details on establishing relationships and how to end them without breaking hearts.”
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