"A daily mile" in schools? Heaven forfend that anyone might spend that time reading a book or writing an essay.
Are classes now in session all day of all year, so that no one who wants or needs to run a mile has any other time in which to do so?
How many politicians were any good at sport at school? Would you want the people who were to end up in politics, anyway?
Yet the obsessive and undignified deference to this kind of thing remains.
Periodically, there are what, in the minds of those delivering them, are serious calls for the exams to be moved around some tournament or other.
There are even complaints that the EU referendum coincides with something of that species, as if anyone ought to care.
Laughed out? Reported only as comedy stories? Not a bit of it.
The raising of the school leaving age to 18 will soon enough result in compulsory PE all the way up to that age, which will be enough to ruin some people's mental health.
But they are the people who read books. No one gives a stuff about them.