Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • The Office for Students passes the buck

    2020 in the HE sector has got off to an hilarious start, but not in a good way. I understand that the ludicrously mis-named, and über useless, Office for Students is expecting the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further...

  • Greta Thunberg gives the BBC permission to pollute

    I see that Greta Thunberg edited the BBC's fading flagship radio news programme, Today, on December 30th.  I didn't tune in as I abandoned listening to Today long before it became fashionable to do so, preferring my own prejudices in...

  • A platform for the SDGs

    Many of the big London Railway termini have at least 17 platforms.  For example, Waterloo and Victoria each have 19, Liverpool Street has 18 as does Euston, notionally, though 2 are being re-developed for HS2.  Other cities have a large...

  • New Year Resolutions

    Happy New Year.  I've made my new year resolutions.  It wasn't difficult as most are quite similar to last years.  One new one is to take less note of London-centric chatter.  Another is to continue to diversity my news sources....

  • Resurrection Trust

    Resurrection Trust is a book of “funny, dark, mad, bad, upbeat, downbeat and fantastical short stories about living sustainably”. They arose from the University of Southampton's Green Stories writing competition.   The editor, Amanda Saint, says that the stories “showcase a...

  • Is this why residential experiences for pupils are so popular?

    I’ve been reading The impact of residential experiences on pupil progress and attainment in year six (10 – 11 year olds) in England.   This is a report on behalf of the Learning Away Consortium by Jane Dudman, Carrie Hodges and...

  • Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

    Hunter S Thompson wrote one of the great American novels: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  I thought it was funny from the first sentence. He also wrote Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail ’72 (covering the Democratic Party presidential...

  • What should young people be learning about climate change?

    I spend time exploring this question in my talk in Birmingham last week.  It is, after all, the question that young people are asking and demanding action on.  More broadly, the question might sensibly be: What should everyone be learning about...

  • From Rachel Carson to Greta Thunberg

    I gave a talk last Saturday to at the University of Birmingham Education Department's postgraduate research conference which had a climate and sustainability theme.  I traced the attempts to have schools take environmental issues seriously in what they taught students,...

  • Is the ice melting still?

    Did you watch the so-called debate on Channel 4 last Thursday or were you doing something you felt more worthwhile: reading a good book, for example, or doing DIY? If you did, were you impressed by the Dutch auction of...