News and Updates

  • Re-Wilding "nature"

    Like a lot of people, I sense, I'm wary of the re-wilding movement.  This is, I think, because of its pious motivations rather than some of the possible outcomes.  There is a playing God side to it all and a...

  • An Insouciance of Dexters

    Walking along the Wansdyke last week we came across about 15 Dexters – the smallest of our native cattle breeds.   These are handsome beasts that the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust finds useful in grazing downland to encourage wild flowers to...

  • Mink Rights

    I hear that activist lawyers in Brussels are acting for for Mink Rights groups to help them prevent Danish plans to exterminate all the 17 million mink (currently in 1100 farms across the country).  The cull is deemed necessary by...

  • ESDG, Greta, and missing young ecologists

    Let's bless the UN for gifting us a new acronym to enjoy in these dark and desperate times.  This is ESDG.  Yes, you've guessed it: education for the sustainable development goals.  You'll find the glorious details here.  Of course you're...

  • New book published today

    As I may have mentioned, Paul Vare and I have a new book published today: Learning, Environment and Sustainable Development: a history of ideas You can buy it here at an immodest price.  Here's the blurb: "This is an introduction to...

  • Permanent educational scarring of disadvantaged children

    25% of school students ~2.5 million children had no schooling or tutoring during lockdown, an LSE Centre for Economic Performance study reports.  Further, the study adds, 74% of private school students had full days of teaching compared to 38% of...

  • It's the exam boards, stupid

    As slogans go, "It's the exam boards, stupid" ranks up there in the imbecility stakes with the AUT's pay-campaign from the 1980s: Rectify the Anomaly which unsurprisingly failed to attract the government's attention, or public sympathy.  But this does seem...

  • Teaching 6th formers about racism and inequality

    I'm glad I don't have responsibility today for teaching students in schools about racism and inequality.  I don't think in all my years of teaching in schools and HE that I ever did very much of that, save through trying to...

  • Replacing capitalism in school

    The cyber waves have been boiling recently with dire warnings about England's descent into fascism because of guidance the Department for Education [DfE] recently published.  Really!  Some people should get out more, read some Nazi or DDR history, or talk...

  • Social justice in Scottish teaching

    The draft Professional Standards for teachers in Scotland now include a section which highlights the professional values of social justice, trust and respect and integrity as being at the heart of what it means to become, to be and to...