Such a recommendation is almost beyond belief. How can betting ever be anything other than irresponsible? And what possible justification can there be for teaching this to children in school?
The Labour Party has welcomed GamCare’s grotesque proposal (of course) on the basis that it would help prepare children for the adult world. Whatever next — teaching children the responsible use of prostitution to help prepare them for the adult world?
Surely any responsible preparation must mean learning there is certain behaviour that is off-limits because it is intrinsically dangerous and harmful. Alas, GamCare’s proposal is not some aberrant rush of blood to the head, but part of a more general pattern.