Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • The Naming of Parts

    Every year, as spring arrives, and I walk along the nearby Kennet & Avon canal, I feel a strong need to know the names of the huge number of plants that I see.  Not content with their beauty and the...

  • Greatness thrust upon me

    Sometimes, you just sit there and something nice happens.  This was my experience recently when I was invited to be President of the National Association of Environmental Education — NAEE.   This, almost venerable by now, institution has survived whilst...

  • Watts Up

    After much research and deliberation, we decided to ignore the doubters (George Monbiot, perhaps), and are now helping out the National Grid by generating photo-voltaic electricity.  We went on line last week, so don't hesitate to have that extra-hot shower...

  • The Wrong Values

    In the aftermath of the 1953 uprising in East Germany, which arose because of the population’s failure to appreciate government efforts to build a socialist paradise for them, Bertolt Brecht wrote the following in Die Lösung: After the uprising of...

  • The most Important, Urgent and Practical Things

    I was asked the other day by someone from a Community Interest Company: What do you think are the most important, urgent and practical things that can and should be done in schools and in the community to advance ESD? My...

  • Becoming more Action Competent: news from the front line

    A heart-warming story in today's Telegraph about a one-boy stand against the forces of complacency in his school.  Chris Whitehead, a year 8 student, took exception to a school policy which prevented boys from wearing shorts in hot weather.  But...

  • Sustaining our Future – maybe

    The Learning & Skills Improvement Service has just published a new draft of its paper: Sustaining our Future: a framework for moving towards a sustainable learning and skills sector This begins: The learning and skills sector is increasingly aware of...

  • An Original Day Out at Duchy Farm

    To Duchy Farm yesterday at the invitation of the Food for Life Programme [FFLP].  I think this may have been because I'd had a hand in drafting the Programme's response to the recent National Curriculum consultation – a very interesting...

  • Mississippi God Dam

    The US Army Corps of Engineers has been playing God again.  It decided to flood around 130000 acres of farmland rather than let an historic town, Cairo, Illinois, be inundated by the Mississippi.  It did this by busting a hole...

  • That almost perfect job – in Paris with no income tax

    Unesco is advertising five managerial positions in its education sector. One of these is Chief, Section of Education for Sustainable Development Reading the advert (in a disinterested fashion, I should say), it seems that the post is more about DRR than...