I spend a reasonable chuck of yesterday reading the proposed Social Subjects Outcomes for the Curriculum for Excellence. They will be available to download from the Curriculum for Excellence website from tomorrow (expressive arts will also be available from tomorrow). I have to say that what I have read so far does not particularly fill me with optimism for the future of Geography within our schools. I really hope that the Geography community will take some of the advice that I gave in my recent SAGT07 Back to Basic Presentation to respond on-line to the proposed outcomes. I also hope to get a more detailed response to the outcomes written sometime this week.
On another note Val Vannett, from the High School of Dundee put me onto this excellent BBC You Tube Video of David Attenborough and the Lyre Bird. The clip is really worth watching as the Lyre Bird can impersonate over 30 other species found in the forest. However, the really interesting thing as that due to deforestation and the impact of humans in its natural habitat the bird has also started to impersonate other familiar sounds including a camera, car alarm and chainsaw. This really is Geography in action and once again reinforces to me how important it is to keep geography in our schools.
Click on the picture below to see the clip.