Children need 'life skills' not historical dates, say UK teachers

Children should not be taught to remember key historical dates such as the Battle of Hastings but should instead learn "life skills", teachers have claimed.

A new curriculum should place greater emphasis on broad skills such as team working and interpreting evidence rather than learning dates by rote, said the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

Mary Bousted, general secretary, also said that excessive school tests were making children mentally ill.

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