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  • Learning becomes UNESCO

    Thanks (I think) to the NAEE weekly round up for the info on the latest UNESCO wheeeeeeze.  It's another research commission; this time on the Futures of Education.  Note the plural.  The commissioners seem a random selection from the great...

  • A Farewell to GCSE

    ok; that's maybe a bit premature, but I've been reading Hemingway (again). That said, the arguments against this time warp of an exam certainly continue to mount.  It was good to see Philip Collins adding to them last week.  If...

  • Evolving a net-zero plan

    What seems likely to come to be seen as the most significant policy decision of recent times was not enacted by a vote in parliament after a considered debate, but was taken by means of a statutory instrument.  This is...

  • Climate leadership

    It seems that I am now a climate leader – or so says the 26,000 conversations campaign. Who'd have thought it?  The campaign was created by Oxford University School of Geography and the Environment students and recent graduates, and is collecting "conversation...

  • Liberty Hyde Bailey and environmental education

    In his 1997 paper: Environmental Education: Historical roots, comparative perspectives, and current issues in Britain and the United States, William E Marsden begins by exploring the origins of the designation environmental education.  In this he mentions Liberty Hyde Bailey: "... as...

  • The DfE doesn't do climate

    In January 2021, the government published the Skills for Jobs White Paper, with a clear focus on the pivotal role that further and technical education has in helping people get skills for good jobs now and in the future.  The Government followed...

  • Britain Today

    I have learned that we've been failing to Keep Britain Tidy since 1954.  This Wikipedia page shows the timeline of mergers and identity change since that time.  The strategy keeps changing, but remains ineffectual.  Are we just a very dirty...

  • The race between Natural History and the end of GCSEs

    Despite my confident reporting back in February that the DfE had decided to give the go-ahead for the next stage of the development of the GCSE in Natural History, it seems I was premature.  If DfE has made a decision,...

  • Climate Emergency Manchester

    Climate Emergency Manchester invited me for an email interview recently.  This is what I wrote in response to their questions: – A little bit about who you are, how you came to be interested in issues of "the environment", education and...

  • Affirming the negative

    Michalinos Zembylas, from the Open University of Cyprus, has a chapter in a new book: Affect and the Rise of Rightwing Populism.  This is the summary: "This chapter seeks to explore how, why and under which conditions a move away from critique...