Bill Scott's blog

Thoughts on learning, sustainability and the link between them

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  • SDRN Conference

    The annual SDRN conference was held last week at the Welcome Trust.  For the first time in its 10 year history there was a slot on the programme for a focus on education (on ESD), and I was happy to...

  • The Idea of Justice

    I went to hear Amartya Sen a few weeks ago and was rather disappointed – not by the great man himself but by how the session was organised (disorganised more like).   It was so bad that it was hard...

  • Research Grants Nosedive – time for a creative response

    Thus, Times Higher Education [ THE ] reported the increasingly small chance that researchers now have of squeezing cash out of six research councils.  Across the piece, applicants have a 23% chance of funding, and the figure is less than...

  • Taxpayers funding Brazilian dance troupe in London borough – Shock

    Those of us reading the Daily Mail regularly will already have enjoyed this headline on 12th September.  Not bad as the Mail goes, I suppose, but not a patch on the Sun's recent "Get De Beers in" as England's footballers...

  • Earth First!

    Holidays almost over, and the urge to sit in front of a computer reasserts itself in my priorities, elbowing the taking of exercise out of the way.  I did manage some fresh air and walking during the break, however, and...

  • The Journal of Unpublishable Papers

    In this week's Economist, there's a heart-warming story of a successful journal start up.  Rejecta Mathematica is a "real open access online journal publishing only papers that have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals in the mathematical sciences".  As the Economist...

  • Are young people really worried about climate change?

    I wrote the following on June 20th, and tracked down Pete Williams from Somerfield, asking for a copy of the report that Bjorn Lomborg seems to have been so impressed by.  Alas, I've heard nothing.  Time to chase again, perhaps....

  • Judging the Effectiveness of a Sustainable School

    This essay explores a central question for all those involved in education and sustainability (ESD): What are you really most interested in: educational or social outcomes—what learners learn, or what they do? Although this is hardly a new question, the paper argues that...

  • What to do about all that University Carbon

    Under the heading: "Let's have a heated debate: Universities are about to be given targets for carbon reduction – expect arguments about the best approach", the Guardian recently explored the issue of how UK universities might contribute to the UK's carbon-reduction...

  • A Sustainable Schools Question

    The government’s target is that all English schools will be sustainable by 2020.  Although it's not clear what this will actually have to mean in practice, it does suggest (implicitly at any rate) that focusing on the sustainability of a school, as...