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NOON -- The Guardian Unlimited brings us what may be an early April Fool's joke, but we're afraid not...

    A teachers' union has suggested the national curriculum should be torn up and children taught life skills instead, such as how to walk. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) said children could learn a lot from walking because you need to adapt your technique according to your environment.

    Speaking earlier this week, the acting deputy general secretary of the ATL, Martin Johnson, said: "There's a lot to learn about how to walk. If you were going out for a Sunday afternoon stroll you might walk one way. If you're trying to catch a train you might walk in another way and if you are doing a cliff walk you might walk in another way.

    "If you are carrying a pack, there's a technique in that. We need a nation of people who understand their bodies and can use their bodies effectively."His comments came as the union called for major changes to the education system that included the abolition of national examinations for pupils. The ATL would prefer a system where children were assessed by teachers.

    Mr Johnson branded the national curriculum "totalitarian" because it prioritised academic education over other types of knowledge.

    Mr Johnson said: "For the state to suggest that some knowledge should be privileged over other knowledge is a bit totalitarian in a 21st century environment."

    The union suggested that instead of the current national curriculum, which focuses on core subjects such as maths, English and science, teachers should have the freedom to adapt lessons to reflect a curriculum that concentrated on life skills.
Like... walking? — Larry, Totalitarian Monkey, Light Reading

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