Yup, some other single-issue pressure group wants something else added to it:
A heart charity is calling on the government to include the teaching of life-saving skills in the national curriculum.
What sort of ‘life-saving skills’ are we talking about here? Zombie siege-resistance? Hijacked aircraft landing? Alligator wrestling?
In a survey carried out by the British Heart Foundation, 73% of schoolchildren wanted to learn how to resuscitate someone and give first aid.
Of course, since the charity carried out the survey, I expect the question went something like ‘Would you like to learn how to resuscitate someone?’ and most respondents thought, ‘Well, who wouldn’t?”
If it had been couched as ‘Do you want extra lessons and to spend more time in school?’ there might have been a very different response…
More than 75% of teachers and parents also agreed it should be taught in schools.
They didn’t think it through either…
A spokesman from the Department of Education said there was nothing stopping schools teaching these life-saving skills already.
Well, quite. If the head teachers think it’s so vital, what’s stopping them?
I thought they wanted more freedom, and less centrally-mandated regulations?
Maura Gillespie, head of policy and public affairs at the BHF, said teaching these skills was crucial.”Teaching young people how to save a life is as important as learning to read and write. They are skills which equip them for real situations they might face in their lives.”
I hate to burst your bubble, Maura, but the schools aren’t all that hot on teaching them to read and write, so god alone knows just what sort of garbled ‘life saving’ you are likely to get if this does get squeezed into the curriculum somewhere….