Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • [Re-]thinking Allowed

    1. I'm grateful to a school-based colleague who recently said to me that what schools need to do is to emphasise re-thinking rather than re-cycling.   Indeed!  was my first thought.  Then I wondered why I'd not come up with...

  • Schools, the Learning Society and Sustainability

    Schools, as institutions, need to be seen as an integral part of the wider learning society with the key role of supporting young people in the early stages of acquiring those wide-ranging understandings and capabilities that they will need to continue...

  • SDC Discovers Outdoor Learning – Shock

    The Sustainable Development Commission argues, plausibly enough, that "... We have still not seen the kind of transformation (to sustainability) that is needed".  In response, It launched in 2008 'Breakthroughs for the 21st Century' with the aim of creating a...

  • UK National Sustainable Schools Conference

    I was pleased to be asked to make a keynote presentation to the second of this series of four conferences  organised by SEEd.  This was in Preston on Monday.  Here's what I said: international-and-uk-contexts-for-learning

  • Understanding School to Home Transfer of Learning

    Teachers and schools are well practised in helping young people develop a wide range of awareness, understanding and skills.  This is, after all, their core purpose.  They obviously achieve these goals through what they teach, but they also do it...

  • The Primary Review – and ESD

    I'm very grateful to Ben Ballin, of Tide~, for drawing to my attention a significant piece of text from the Cambridge Primary Review: children, their world, their education.  As I noted in an earlier posting, there is some controversy as...

  • Sustainable School Doorways

    The DCSF's use of the doorway metaphor has meant that the language of its sustainable schools framework was already familiar to school leaders because it mapped squarely onto many recent policy foci; for example, healthy eating / citizenship / well-being / transport /...

  • Schools, but not as we know them, perhaps

    It seems to me that one of those seminal moments is approaching, when we shall have to decide whether sustainability in schools is to be seen and treated as just another initiative, a bit like environmental education or global citizenship...

  • The UN ESD Decade – half way there

    For three days at the end of March, 900+ people assembled in Bonn for the mid-Decade review.  This brief comment is partial - in at least two senses. 1. EFA and ESD If you log onto the UNESCO Education homepage you will see that UNESCO's top priority is “Education...

  • Stanley Fish and the line of virtue

    Last November, the THE's Devil's Advocate column focused on Stanley Fish, the Milton scholar.  I was reminded of the piece as I sat in the back of a primary school classroom the other day watching what was going on.  In...