News and Updates

  • Is there harmony about Harmony?

    There was a webinar last night: Teach the Future meets the Harmony Project.   The event was supposed to be looking at systems change in education, asking what an ideal education system looks like and how we can get there, but it...

  • Ofsted Head commandeers attention

    The Head of Ofsted launched the organisation's annual report on Tuesday.  You can read what she said here (it's not long), and read the actual report here  (very much longer).  There was a report in the Guardian.  Understandably, most people saw...

  • Othering Mushrooms – a new look at risotto

    I'm pleased to be able to thank Dr Lenka Vráblíková for explaining about the role of white heteropatriarchy in recent socio-political phenomena.  It's taken a great weight off my mind and swept a legion of scales from my eyes. Vráblíková...

  • Re-Wilding "nature"

    Like a lot of people, I sense, I'm wary of the re-wilding movement.  This is, I think, because of its pious motivations rather than some of the possible outcomes.  There is a playing God side to it all and a...

  • An Insouciance of Dexters

    Walking along the Wansdyke last week we came across about 15 Dexters – the smallest of our native cattle breeds.   These are handsome beasts that the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust finds useful in grazing downland to encourage wild flowers to...

  • Mink Rights

    I hear that activist lawyers in Brussels are acting for for Mink Rights groups to help them prevent Danish plans to exterminate all the 17 million mink (currently in 1100 farms across the country).  The cull is deemed necessary by...

  • ESDG, Greta, and missing young ecologists

    Let's bless the UN for gifting us a new acronym to enjoy in these dark and desperate times.  This is ESDG.  Yes, you've guessed it: education for the sustainable development goals.  You'll find the glorious details here.  Of course you're...

  • New book published today

    As I may have mentioned, Paul Vare and I have a new book published today: Learning, Environment and Sustainable Development: a history of ideas You can buy it here at an immodest price.  Here's the blurb: "This is an introduction to...

  • Permanent educational scarring of disadvantaged children

    25% of school students ~2.5 million children had no schooling or tutoring during lockdown, an LSE Centre for Economic Performance study reports.  Further, the study adds, 74% of private school students had full days of teaching compared to 38% of...

  • It's the exam boards, stupid

    As slogans go, "It's the exam boards, stupid" ranks up there in the imbecility stakes with the AUT's pay-campaign from the 1980s: Rectify the Anomaly which unsurprisingly failed to attract the government's attention, or public sympathy.  But this does seem...