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  • 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...

  • It's a record for environmental education

    Where I searched the UK National Archive from 1960 to the present for the phrase "environmental education" I came up with 26 entries.  These started in 1972 with items about environmental education in Bournemouth, Hertfordshire and Doncaster.  Prominent entries related to the Belgrade...

  • WWF is in the GB News

    I watched the launch of the UK's newest news channel on Sunday.  GB News is the UK’s first new news channel for some while.  In his opening remarks, Andrew Neil set out the channel’s philosophy: "We will puncture the pomposity...

  • Educating for the Future we Want?

    I've been reading Stephen Sterling's opening essay in the new GTI Forum, The Pedagogy of Transition. It begins: "Formal education systems have—or should have—a critical role in the global social learning process underpinning the Great Transition.  On the face of it,...