Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Mappiness, mappiness; the greatest gift ...

    When I saw this in the latest SDRN mailing, I thought researchers have discovered what many already know: happiness through looking at, and using, maps.  Not so.  Read on, especially you iPhoners: Researchers at the London School of Economics have...

  • Recognising Plants – and their Rights

    A good conversation with a colleague yesterday about evaluation and learning, especially about plants.  Is it really enough if young people can recognise a few plants – and colour in their copybooks correctly?  Shouldn't we be seeking something more sophisticated...

  • The Sustainable Schools Strategy is Dead: long live …

    It is widely reported that the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has now abandoned the department’s sustainable schools strategy and, hence, any active government promotion of, and support for, the idea and reality of sustainable schools.  I say...

  • Sense & Sustainability revised

    Ken Webster and Craig Johnson's challenging book (now revised) has been re-issued through the Ellen Macarthur Foundation as a free PDF.  Download it here.  Ken is now the Foundation's Head of Learning.

  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    Off to the launch of the Ellen Macarthur Foundation tonight. The ambition of its education programme is striking: Education at the Foundation revolves around sharing our enthusiasm for the bigger picture. It explores in particular the excitement around the circular...

  • To Sustainability and beyond: inspecting and reporting on progress in sustainable development

    This is the title of a new publication from Ofsted.   The document is commendably brief – and I note that its focus is on sustainability / sustainable development, not ESD, which probably explains some of the lack of emphasis on learning,...

  • Indicators Updated

    Defra has published a new update on how well we're doing in relation to sustainable development – as far as any indicators can tell us, that is.  The report, Measuring Progress: sustainable development indicators 2010, cover 68 indicators, one of...

  • Dolly's Man says the Milk's ok

    Wednesday's Telegraph carried two short pieces on the cloned beef / milk debate from Lord Peter Melchett, the Soil Association's Policy Director, and Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, the creator of Dolly the sheep.   Whilst both seem to agree that there...

  • Just like some seminars I go to ...

    Browsing the New York Times, as you do, led me to a paper “On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton" by Erik Verlinde, a string theorist and professor of physics at the University of Amsterdam, in which...

  • Send in the Clones

    According to the Telegraph, Britain's food safety watchdog has admitted it doesn't know how many cloned embryos have entered Britain after meat produced from cloned cows ended up in food. Tim Smith, chief executive of the Food Standards Agency, is...