Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Science in the Formal Curriculum – and Sustainability – 3

    This is the last of 3 postings about the relationship between the school science curriculum and sustainability.  The story begins here. As I have argued, this linkage between science knowledge, understanding and sustainability does not need to be forced as...

  • Science in the Formal Curriculum – and Sustainability – 2

    This is the second of 3 postings about the relationship between the school science curriculum and sustainability.  The story begins here. A rationale for why the study of science needs to be a core aspect of young people’s experience at...

  • Science in the Formal Curriculum – and Sustainability – 1

    This is the first of 3 postings today about sustainability and the science curriculum.  They are designed to be read in sequence.  Any literature cited will be set out at the end of post 3. It seems very evident that...

  • Make them customise that email

    In the hugely unlikely event that I ever become a government minister, I'm sure I'd find myself impressed if hundreds or thousands of people had bothered to send me an email saying I should do / not do / start...

  • Time to show some respect

    What's a blog for if it isn't about bringing recondite websites to a (in all probability, very slightly) wider audience.  In that spirit, here's Rodent Respect courtesy of my colleague Alan Reid. A website created for scientists and students working with...

  • Studying climate's ok (probably); but studying climate change definitely isn't

    In an interview with the Guardian, Tim Oates (Chair of the national curriculum review expert panel and director of assessment research and development, Cambridge Assessment) has called for the national curriculum "to get back to the science in science.  ......

  • Hear Hear

    The Guardian carried a welcome story at the weekend about an alternative [or, in the first instance, a complement] to university degree classification through the higher education achievement report (HEAR).   The report begins: Every university in the country will...

  • Last Word

    Comments posted on the blog have suggested to me that I may not fully understand the methodology behind People & Planet's league tables, and that I should look at them more closely.    This sounded all too likely, I have...

  • £9000 Spendid – £18000 Terrible

    It is not only this week's Spiked that is wondering about all the bile that has been heaped on poor old AC Grayling's head over the last few days – just Google "New College Grayling" to see the wide-ranging abuse...

  • The Olympic Flame is not for Recycling

    I learnt today from a member of LOGOC that the Olympic flame is not any old recycled flame, but is brand new for each games.  Phew!   We were reassured about this at the Wiltshire Assembly meeting today (we were...