A summary of the Mazengarb Report conclusions
Yesterday, I wrote the whole Wikipedia entry on the Mazengarb Report. The best part, though I guess very rushed, was a very quick run down of the conclusions in the report. I didn't summarise the recommendations, however. That seemed a bit long to do in an evening with a reasonable level of analysis (and hopefully better than the job I did with the conclusions).
Anyway, here is how it went (thanks in part to the glories of the GFDL).
The report came up with 27 conclusions and around 20 recommendations. Among the conclusions, in summary:
- 1 through 4 and 26 dealt with sexual immorality, noting that "immorality has been [organised]", and the unfairness that boys could be charged for indecent conduct, but girls could not be charged.
- 5 through 9 urged a tightening of censorship laws.
- 10 urged a "closer bond between school and home."
- 11 discounted the contribution that coeducation schools had made to "sexual delinquency".
- 12 urged tightening of a school leaving age of 15.
- 13 recommended that a school principal should be notified of students under government care.
- 14 and 21: "The school is not the proper place for fully instructing children about sex." However, the report suggested it was a good place to "listen to addresses or see appropriate films." It also claimed (21) that police found in many incidents that many youths were either "too ignorant" about sex, or knew too much about it.
- 15 appears to be an attack on the previous Labour government's state housing scheme, believing in "the new housing developments" thre were large numbers of young children, without the good modelling of older people and organisations. Similarly, 16 says while community groups were doing their best, "facilities for recreation and entertainment will not cure juvenile delinquency".
- 17 placed some blame at parents allowing consumption of alcohol at "young people's parties", without specifying the age of the said young people.
- 18 and 19 thought parental neglect left children feeling unloved, something the Committee believed was conducive to delinquent acts.
- 20 appears to blame high wages of the time discouraging careful use of money (and thus, the Committee concluded, self reliance).
- 22 and 23 were concerned with religion and family life -- the "present state of morals in the community has indicated the value of a religious faith" and that decline in family life was due to a lack of respect for the "worth" of religious and social boundaries.
- 24 blamed "new concepts" coming about due to the destabilising effects of world wars, contraceptives, divorce liberalisation and increasing popularity of sexual relations before marriage, and 25 saw the unaminous recommendation that minors should not be allowed contraceptives.
- 27 wanted more preventive measures taken by the government on child welfare.
Perhaps later on I'll have time to do a better version of it.