In addition to reading and math, one business leader would like kids to learn that life contains risks as well as rights. He believes "that society was guilty of teaching the next generation that risk did not exist".

"We are saying to them, ‘You can have rights till they are coming out of your pores but responsibility? – that’s for somebody else’," he said.

When they left school they were going to get the shock of a lifetime – "because out there, in the big nasty world, risk exists every day".

It’s too bad that the business leader is British, addressing students in the UK. We could use a leader or two willing to say the same thing to our kids.