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Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • What's Allowed to Count as Citizenship Education?

    The DfE's School Research News reports today on two school citizenship reports.  The first is  Citizenship Education in England 2001-2010: young people’s practices and prospects for the future: the eighth and final report from the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study. The other is...

  • Blog to Blog

    My esteemed New Zealand colleague Bronwen Harward has sent me a recent blog about the London student protests on 9th December.  She posed a few questions about how we view young people in the UK today.  Here's my response: We...

  • Tomorrow Today – more like Yesteryear

    I have been browsing Unesco's latest coffee table book: Tomorrow Today.  This is a heafty tome for which only strong (and rich) coffee tables need apply.  It sells for a cool $125.  However, with one or two exceptions, I thought...

  • Big Society 0 – Big Brother 1

    Yesterday's Guardian carried a story about a 12 year old schoolboy in the Prime Minister's constituency who has been campaigning against the closure of youth facilities in his town.   The Guardian reports that, on Thursday, he had his collar...

  • The World's Worst Questionnaire

    I confess that I have had to change my mind about this dubious accolade  which had previously been awarded to Unesco for plumbing new depths of impenetrability.  This was before I saw the latest effort from UNECE in its efforts...

  • Sustainability, Learning and Capability: Exploring Questions of Balance

    Steve Gough and I have a new paper published today in Sustainability.  Here's the Abstract – in case you're tempted to read it ... It is argued that sustainable development makes best sense as a social learning process that brings...

  • The Leaving of Bradford

    Three days and eight 10+1 lectures later I, and hundreds of others, wait for a train driver.  The aim here is not so much cradle to cradle, as Bradford to Bristol. In the last days I have come to question...

  • Three Days in Bradford …

    At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's 10+1 conference focusing on Cradle to Cradle ideas. Quite a trek to get here on a rail system coping pretty well with snow and ice. And a shock to be back in the north of...

  • Seven Shades of ESD

    Last week, The Economist ran an irreverent, but rather witty, article on what the various factions within the Anglican church stood for, and how they viewed themselves – and each other.  A while back, I sketched something similar (but not...

  • Probably the Wrong Sort of Sustainability

    In its Schools White Paper published today: The Importance of Teaching, the government has promised to "develop sustainable approaches to teacher development".   These are going to be Teaching Schools it seems, along the medical school model, an idea whose...