Natural History, but not as we know it

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Here's a comment on the new GCSE from Polish News *.  I swear that I have not made this up; just a feral AI translator in action, I guess.

"The brand new pure historical past GCSE is “important” to equipping younger folks with the talents to deal with the local weather and nature crises, its supporters have mentioned as particulars had been unveiled.  From September 2025 younger folks taking the brand new Pure Historical past qualification will examine organisms, local weather change and different environmental and sustainability challenges, the federal government confirmed on Thursday.

The announcement follows widespread campaigning for higher environmental training, together with from nature broadcasters Mary Coldwell and Chris Packham, in addition to Inexperienced Celebration MP Caroline Lucas.  Nurturing the subsequent era of ecologists is “important if we’re to show the tide on the danger of extinctions throughout our pure world,” mentioned Conservative MP Philip Dunne, who chaired a cross-party evaluation of Britain’s biodiversity and in addition referred to as for a devoted GCSE.

The UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world and the worst of the G7 group of nations, with simply half (53%) of its biodiversity remaining.

College students can even study abilities to assist them forge a profession within the pure world, comparable to by means of conservation and fieldwork.

The brand new qualification, designed by examination board OCR, will likely be taught to pupils aged 14-16.  Beneath the training division’s broader plans, colleges are to turn into greener, with ultra-low carbon buildings and elevated biodiversity of their grounds.

‘Weapon’ in opposition to local weather change

Training Secretary Nadhim Zahawi referred to as training “one among our key weapons within the struggle in opposition to local weather change”.  College students can already study concerning the surroundings by means of learning urbanisation in geography and habitats in science, however the authorities mentioned the brand new course would “go additional” in instructing them concerning the historical past and evolution of species and the impression of life on pure environments.

Professor Justin Dillon, from Exeter College, warned the course would possibly “battle to realize a foothold in an already crowded curriculum,” competing with well-established GCSEs in biology, chemistry and geography.  He mentioned all topics on the varsity curriculum ought to deal with environmental and sustainability points.

The federal government mentioned it would bolster environmental training in some current topics.  Particulars and pattern papers are but to be introduced, however Mr Dunne, whose evaluation really useful a devoted GCSE to spice up consciousness and appreciation of nature, mentioned he would really like it to cowl “the complexity, connectedness and fragility of various ecosystems” in addition to “nature’s contribution to folks, comparable to enhancing water high quality” and conservation strategies.

Ms Colwell, who led requires the topic to be taught in colleges, instructed the Press Affiliation that folks should higher perceive and monitor the impression of the local weather crises on nature so as to deal with it.  “Nature is a good informer about what is occurring to the planet,” and connecting with it could possibly additionally enhance psychological well being, she added."


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