Here's The Times for the full story. The thing is, if school kids weren't closetted away in a classroom, surrounded only by their own peer group, they most likely would know how to do this already. The question that springs to mind...why try to solve a problem that there were dubious reasons for creating in the first place?
And how are the Professional Teachers from their Association going to solve this predicament? Where, after all, are they going to get bundles of willing babies to be handed out to a classroom of teens? Hmmm...already sounds as if they are missing the point.
One of the very striking things about most home educated kids is that they do know how to care for younger children. Young girls spend long periods with dolls stuck up their shirts and telling people to sush because dolly is napping. Boys walk real-life toddlers through pedestrian precincts and lift them up to look in windows. Same boys help with feeding, changing nappies and playing footie. What is more, they know that you have to have a proper, trusting relationship with infants, which of course is not something that happens in a one hour lesson.
A proper understanding of what it means to be responsible for a child can't possibly be learnt in a classroom and is yet another vivid example of how schools can impoverish learning.