Philosophy for children

Professor Phillip Cam on the teaching of philosophy at primary school level.

by New Philosopher on May 11, 2013
Peter Curtis

January 5, 2014 1:42 pm

Philopsphy with children is what brought me to teaching. After 14 years working in schools as a teacher I have yet to develop my practice in this environment. Why? You may well ask. Nothing to do with NAPLAN and Mass-Murdoch!

Rory McGuire

September 4, 2013 11:16 pm

What? No comments after four months? (It's now September.)
Here is someone promoting what I would argue is the most important job in the nation – teaching our future citizens to have open and inquiring minds – and nobody has anything to say about it.
I would like to think the reason for the silence is that this brief video says all that needs to be said, that it is all so self-evident that no further comment is necessary. But I have my doubts.
The sustained opposition to teaching ethics in NSW schools shows that the level of understanding and examining social and moral questions in Australia is dangerously deficient. Why, in the name of Heaven – or Hell – would any member of any society wish to prevent the teaching of ethics? It is beyond comprehension but that is what we get.
If the opponents of ethics classes had been exposed to the teaching of philosophy as school children, as shown here, they would surely see the folly of their arguments. .
Classes such as these obviously stimulate young people. We are failing to encourage children to realise their potential if we don't stimulate them into asking questions. If a child asks a question it has thought about the subject and wants an answer. Instead of a teacher having to push knowledge into a child, the child will look for it and will be motivated to suck it up.
The teacher's workload would be reduced and the child would learn faster.
So why is the teaching of philosophy to school children having such a struggle?
Don't go to Scripture. Go to Plato.


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