Looking to classic novels to learn about the spirit of love is one thing, but what can “The Idiot” teach young people about sexual responsibility?
Instead of a curriculum covering condoms and
But, to paraphrase Tolstoy, all happy families are alike so it's the unhappy ones that have their values explored in the canon. Things have changed a little since Anna Karenina was forced to choose between the daily despair of her loveless marriage and the dangerous, disgraceful passion of her affair. Or, as AS Byatt noted in her 2004 review of “The Idiot”, “goodness tends to mean unselfishness, and unselfishness tends to lack sexual energy,” which is not often a problem faced by confused, poorly educated teenagers.
Astakhov opposes sexual education in schools."It is unacceptable to allow things that could corrupt children," he said in the television interview.
Sex education is not mandated in Russian schools. The Guardian reports that "Russia has over a million people living with
Earlier this year, President