Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Danes building wall to repel African immigrants

    Every news bulletin I hear seems to have an item on either that Wall – the one between the USA and Mexico, or the one that no one wants to see built across Ireland. None have so far mentioned the...

  • Slipping into Schengen

    When we arrived in Germany to be with Mrs M the plane decanted us at a Schengen gate and so we were able to enter the country without a passport check – the first time since the EU opened its...

  • Standing on the brink of a transport collapse

    These are not my words, and oddly do not relate to the UK.  "Germany is standing on the brink of a transport collapse,” Oliver Luksic, an MP and infrastructure expert for the liberal German Free Democrat party, was quoted by...

  • The lifecycle of a supermarket bag policy

    I wrote recently about the dismal failure of the much-vaunted plastic bag policy that the government forced on supermarkets, noting research which showed that people were using so-called bags for life in much the same way as the thinner alternatives...

  • Out of classroom environmental learning in 2004

    For those of you keen to see how much progress we've made over recent years, here is the 2004 submission made by the Council for Environmental Education to the Select Committee on Education and Skills in their 2004 enquiry into out...

  • 78% and rising

    I see that 78% of graduates from UK universities now get Firsts or 2.i degrees.   But are we supposed to celebrate this mark of undoubted excellence or fret over obvious grade inflation?  This is a glass half-full or half-empty...

  • Canis Lupus Bildung

    Whilst visiting Mrs M's Earthly Paradise earlier this month, we went to the Schloss Adler (not that one), had a 1970s lunch and saw some grey wolves.  These fine, though pitiable, creatures were fenced in around the castle and were...