Archive for December 2013

Alastair Steven

Alastair Steven

Alastair Steven Born 6 January 1945, Belfast Died 20 May 2013, Edinburgh Alastair Steven, born in Belfast in 1945, was George and Sheila Steven’s oldest son in a family of five.  Alastair won a scholarship to Methodist College Belfast, where he excelled, before attending Queen’s University Belfast […]

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What future for the school librarian?

What future for the school librarian?

Edinburgh Council has found itself in the middle of a major spat over proposals to reduce librarians in schools. The proposal is to rationalise library provision by moving secondary school library resources into public libraries, reduce the number of school librarians by 50% and subsume the school […]

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Nature’s Peace, a Celebration of Scotland’s Watershed

Nature’s Peace, a Celebration of Scotland’s Watershed

Scotland is traditionally divided into north and south, Highland and Lowland, but Peter Wright’s ambitious works, Ribbon of Wildness and Walking with Wildness offered another perspective, an east-west divide based on the watershed. From Carter Bar to Cape Wrath, the watershed creates a line dividing the waters flowing eastwards into the […]

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Are vocational skills the sole purpose of education?

Are vocational skills the sole purpose of education?

A senior civil servant’s recent off-duty comment, about the role of higher education, sent shivers down my spine.  “I can’t see why the tax-payer should pay for young people to study English or History.  Graduates in such disciplines acquire no useful economic skills.” He was not alone.  […]

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