New Publications

  • The problem of ESD Groupthink

    The reason the QAA's latest ESD Guidance is such an egregious irrelevance must have something to do with the narrow range of people whom it choses to be advised by.  Here are the job titles of the university-based members of...

  • ESD in HE – QAA has another go

    Heaven help me but I've been reading the latest attempt by the QAA and its friends to get academics to take ESD seriously.  You'll find it here, and there's a 10 question survey to give your feedback.  Good luck.  The survey begins...

  • Our missing book Chapter

    In our new book –Learning, Environment and Sustainable Development: a history of ideas – that was published last week, Paul Vare and I wrote about Virgil's Georgics which were written between 37 and 29 BCE.  The Georgics outward theme is farming and rural...

  • Remembering Sean Carson

    I recently read parts of Environmental Education: principles and practice, published by Edward Arnold in 1978, and edited by Sean McBride Carson.  Odd, you might think, given its venerable 33 years ageing on my bookshelves, but I dived into it for...

  • Environmental education in England 1960 to 1979 – a pen picture

    In the book Learning, Environment and Sustainable Development: a history of ideas – written by myself and Paul Vare, and published by Routledge/Greenleaf on the 12th of November 2020 – we present a number of time-line sketches of some of the significant events...

  • Wordsworth's weak link to the East India Company

    I wrote last week about the National Trust's Interim Report on the Connections between Colonialism and Properties now in the Care of the National Trust, Including Links with Historic Slavery.  Subsequent to this, I wrote to the Trust about this passage...

  • Go on, rewild yourself

    Rewild Yourself: 23 Spellbinding ways to make nature more visible is a wonderful book by Simon Barnes with lovely illustrations by Cindy Lee Wright.  Published by Simon & Schuster UK – ISBN: 978-1-4711-7542-8 – at a cost of £8.99 (p.back).  You...

  • The UK's missing carbon footprint

    Everyone reading this will know that the UK has made a legally binding commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.  Green-tinged government supporters make a lot of noise about this.  But did you know that this target excludes emissions associated...

  • My TES bookends

    It's 48 years ago this month that I had a letter published in the Times Educational Supplement.  I was a PGCE student at the time and on school placement (teaching practice), and I hoped that no one at my comprehensive...

  • Can Tomlinson replace GCSEs?

     Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders [ @RealGeoffBarton ] thinks so.  What follows is the beginning of his article in the TES late last year: "In Bristol this week, at the annual conference of...