I've been reading the election manifestos – well, three of them (and a sort of manifesto from the Greens). I did some searches for the number of times the following came up:
- education for sustainable development / sustainability
- education for sustainability
- environmental education
- ESD / EfS / LSD/ SDE / etc
The answers are 0, 0, 0 and 0. Could it be that all these parties think that ESD etc is so mainstreamed now that there's no need to mention it? Or, that ...?
There's nothing more mainstream than curriculum, so how many mentions did that get?
Liberal Democrats 10 Labour 6 Conservatives 7 Green 0
The Conservatives had an emphasis on technical education and on the education provided through the Overseas Aid Budget, particularly for girls. Labour talked about a National Education Service [NES] and the removal of fees from (seemingly) everything. Are PhD studentships going to be free as well, do you suppose – and yoga? The LDs set out plans for an educational standards authority [ESA] which sounds like an awful combination of SCAA and the CQC. The Greens want to introduce political and active citizenship education into schools, but say nothing else about what should be taught. In point of fact, none of them suggest that the curriculum is in need of more thinking, or that it might be more than the plaything of civil servants. A pity.