New Release: IB Environmental Systems and Societies – Study & Revision Guide

We are delighted to announce the publication of our new study and revision guide for IB Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS). Written for the requirements of the 2017–2023 exam sessions, this revision guide offers succinct coverage of the whole syllabus for Environmental Systems and Societies, with extensive self-test material to help students prepare for mocks and final exams. Clearly structured to match the curriculum, it offers exam tips and original case studies.   Here’s what author Adrian Palmer said about his book: I have ...

NUDITY, GOLDFISH AND ETHICS

Both my June 2017 blogs are in response to things encountered as a visual arts examiner/moderator. This one is aimed at teachers and to some extent is about ethics and the limits of art submitted for assessment. The other one - YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS… - is for students and relates to assessment and the differences in perception from the perspective of a teacher and that of a moderator, but the audience for each could be reversed. (Feel free to read both!) Anyway, ...

The business of waste

I made a rational economic decision yesterday and purchased a new printer even though my existing printer is working perfectly. My reasoning was based on a comparison of the cost of replacement laser cartridges with the purchase price of a new, upgraded and wireless version of my present printer. The result was clear; even purchasing non-branded replacement cartridges was significantly more expensive than buying the new printer - in fact 75% more expensive. Branded cartridge replacements cost more than double ...

GM crops

The much lauded potential  improvements in the worlds food supply through GM crops has come under question recently with a report by 20 Indian, south-east Asian, African and Latin American food and conservation groups representing millions of people. The report says that only two traits have been developed on any significant scale and that in places such as China where insect resistant Bt cotton is widely planted, there has been an increase in the use of pesticides needed to combat the ...