Schools should teach children the key skills they need for life - like walking and thinking - not set subjects such as history or French, teachers' leaders have said.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers called for the National Curriculum to be torn up and the testing system abolished.
The union said teachers in local schools should be able to adapt lessons to fit a new framework focusing on important skills for life, rather than academic subjects.
Notice how the two-- no testing and teaching only thinking skills-- go hand in hand.
It actually would be a pretty cool idea. Instead of teaching subject matter content, schools would only have to teach magical thinking skills. And, with those magical thinking skills, students would be able to derive the subject matter on their own. Imagine how much less teaching and school that would involve. Too bad it's impossible.
We don't learn thinking skills in isolation. People's knowledge is tied to specific domains. If you don't believe me just go down and ask your local chess master to take out your appendix and you'll see what I mean. Or better yet, have him fix your toilet or argue your case in court or build you a particle accelerator.
Of course, the nutters who always propose these wacky schemes know this, because they always tie the teaching of thinking skills to abolishing the tests that would demonstrate that students have acquired the thinking skills.