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British Principal Mark Slater Proposes Porn Stars Teach Sex-Ed

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A principal at a British boarding school has a teaching proposal that will definitely have some students looking for extra credit. Principal Mark Slater wants students at The Leys in Cambridge to learn about sex education from porn actresses in order to help them differentiate between the unrealistic nature of internet porn and genuine, fulfilling relationships.

"I wouldn't rule it out simply because of what they have done in their life if I felt that person was going to put across good values and be a good influence,” Slater said about the possibility of inviting a porn star to speak to his pupils. “I don't think you can escape porn given that it's almost impossible to legislate against what goes on the internet. There are young people who have got easy access to all sorts of material, which wasn't accessible years ago.”

Slater, 59, believes that his students should be informed so they can make their own decisions.

"I think what we have got to do is empower them with good judgment and make them understand that this kind of thing can be addictive, it can be damaging and a certain amount of willpower is necessary,” he said. "As a school we see pastoral care as possibly the most important job we do. And under the heading pastoral care comes the need to prepare people for life, for their future and an important part of that is their relationships.”

He is concerned about the long-term effects of porn, The New York Daily News reported.

"I think there is a potential that their ability to form fulfilling relationships could be damaged by easy access to pornography."

Sources: The New York Daily News, The Telegraph