School lessons should focus on developing a wider skill base rather than merely helping kids find out facts.
This is the view of a number of teachers, who feel it is more important for youngsters to study how to conduct independent research or think critically than be able to learn off dates, facts and figures.
Ultimately, such a progressive approach will lead to a more rounded individual, they argue.
Jon Overton, a teacher from London, does not believe in this day and age there is any need for a massive 'fact bank'.
Instead, people should look to develop attributes that are more interpersonal and enquiry-centric.
"That is what universities are saying is lacking, that is what employers say is lacking; transferrable skills that ultimately will make a difference in the life of a young person," he added.
It follows on from the announcement that from September 2012, Early Years Foundation Stage teaching is to be more focused, with the number of goals set out being reduced from 69 to 17.