I'm a critical friend of Teach the Future and sit on its Adult Advisory Group. I had this email the other week that set out some of the things that Teach the Future has done:
- Hosted a reception in the UK parliament
- Wrote a draft education bill (for England)
- Been on national TV
- Been quoted in the House of Lords
- Met with an English Education Minister
- Influenced government spending on school retrofit
- Gained over 150 supporting organisations
- Launched a Scottish branch of the campaign
- Met with the Deputy First Minister of Scotland
- Lobbied MSPs
- Submitted a representation to the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review
- Launched a Welsh branch of the campaign
All this is true and not to be discounted.
But there's a difference between just doing things and making a real difference, so what has Teach the Future actually achieved? I think there is something positive to say about this, but I've not seen it set out clearly yet.
Mind you, this is a distinction that could be questioned for many an organisation – and not just those involved in what might loosely be described as environmental education.