Teach children some survival skills

An issues paper released by Peter Garrett advocates teaching business to primary students in grades 5 and 6. The argument apparently goes that an awareness of "key business ideas'' and "the world of work'' is at least as useful as anything else they learn in those formative years.

How about some education on things that seemingly cannot be left in the realm of common sense, such as the life and death issue of locking children and pets in cars in anything other than the mildest weather?

There are any number of matters that could be visited in a "survival skills" unit. Lives could be saved within weeks or months of such a component being added to formal education and, over time, a great many lives would be positively and profoundly affected.

Ross Kelly



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