When Keith Betton interviewed the late, great Phil Hollom in Behind the Binoculars, Hollom said that when he was at school at Cockfosters in the 1920s he had looked out of the window during a school exam and seen a Red-backed Shrike. This would have been regarded as a mere distraction, though a pleasant one, in those days, but if Mary Colwell gets her way, and I hope she does, then it might be seen as inspiration for one’s studies.
In the latest eminently supportable e-petition on the Westminster government website Mary Colwell proposes that Natural History should be a GCSE subject.
This is a theme that Mary developed in a Guest Blog here in November 2012 and the idea still seems a good one to me. In fact, I think it must stand a chance of catching the attention of our politicians for at least three reasons: it’s a good idea, it’s not a very contentious idea and it would be good to show that the petition system sometimes delivers change in the world otherwise people will lose interest in it.
Of course this will only happen if the petition gets a reasonable amount of public support, and that’s up to you (because I’ve already signed it – I was the 41st person to sign it yesterday). Sign here.