Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • Children, their world, their education

    I spent part of last weekend delving into the Cambridge Primary Review.  It's immediately obvious from even a cursory read why the government's attack dogs were let loose on it so quickly, and ministers much have congratulated themselves on having...

  • Copenhagen Convention on Climate Change and Education

    Rolf Jucker, of the Swiss Foundation for Environmental Education in Bern, contacted the SHED network recently saying that "a few people here in Switzerland are trying to word a paragraph for the Copenhagen Convention on Climate Change which aims to put education...

  • Fieldwork doesn't Pay

    More precisely, fieldwork doesn't pay if you're a lawyer, it seems.  Thanks to Nick Jones for spotting this in the Guardian. A Freedom of Information Act investigation of local authorities by the Countryside Alliance [ CA ]  – 138 responded – has...

  • Critical Thinking for Development Education

    To Galway for the 2009 DERN conference: Critical Thinking for Development Education – moving from evaluation to research.  Good to be back in Ireland and once more amongst development education types many of whose assumptions and ways of thinking I...

  • SDRN Conference

    The annual SDRN conference was held last week at the Welcome Trust.  For the first time in its 10 year history there was a slot on the programme for a focus on education (on ESD), and I was happy to...

  • The Idea of Justice

    I went to hear Amartya Sen a few weeks ago and was rather disappointed – not by the great man himself but by how the session was organised (disorganised more like).   It was so bad that it was hard...

  • Research Grants Nosedive – time for a creative response

    Thus, Times Higher Education [ THE ] reported the increasingly small chance that researchers now have of squeezing cash out of six research councils.  Across the piece, applicants have a 23% chance of funding, and the figure is less than...

  • Taxpayers funding Brazilian dance troupe in London borough – Shock

    Those of us reading the Daily Mail regularly will already have enjoyed this headline on 12th September.  Not bad as the Mail goes, I suppose, but not a patch on the Sun's recent "Get De Beers in" as England's footballers...

  • Earth First!

    Holidays almost over, and the urge to sit in front of a computer reasserts itself in my priorities, elbowing the taking of exercise out of the way.  I did manage some fresh air and walking during the break, however, and...

  • The Journal of Unpublishable Papers

    In this week's Economist, there's a heart-warming story of a successful journal start up.  Rejecta Mathematica is a "real open access online journal publishing only papers that have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals in the mathematical sciences".  As the Economist...