Should Philosophy Be Taught As Part of RE?

By Rob James

The question of whether philosophy should be taught as part of religious education arguably comes down to a decision between teaching either on their own merits, or whether ongoing threats to religious education in schools can be best dealt with by making the subject more relevant for students. The recent introduction of an English Baccalaureate controversially removed RE as one of the core subjects, in contrast to its use within the GCSE as a short course and full option. In effect, students no longer require some form of RE as an important part of their secondary education.

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Posted by on 10th September 2012 at 12:00am


Category: Education

Tags: Education, philosophy, philosophy for children, philosophy in schools, Rob James

What Makes Us Who We Are?

By former Philosophy Foundation pupil Alfie Blagg, age 13.

This scary question may make our head hurt or make us panic. What actually makes a human person an individual and what changes through our lives effects who we are. Seven billion people live on Planet Earth today and every single one of them is different; by their facial features, skin colour, personal opinions, size, weight, height, DNA and many other differences. But we can’t deny the change our bodies and minds encounter through our lives. If one was to say that what defines us is our cells and how they are, that would be very incorrect because cells change every seven years.

 

Posted by on 3rd August 2012 at 12:00am


Category: Education

Tags: philosophy in schools, philosophy for children, P4C, Personal Identity, Alfie Blagg, Philosophy Foundation

Good Thinking vs the Right Answer

Necker Cube

Here’s a question for you. Imagine a teacher asks this question: “what does 2 + 2 equal?” and child A responds with, “four, because its my lucky number,” but child B counts along the number line but makes a small error and says, “five.” Which would you consider to be the better answer and why? I was leading a staff meeting where a debate ensued following this question about the importance of understanding when giving the right answer...

Posted by Philosophy Foundation Admin on 9th March 2012 at 12:00am


Category: Education

Tags: Socrates, philosophy, good thinking, SATs, testing

Classroom in One Voice

Socrates

Dialectic

Dialectic is a form of enquiry that makes use of question-and-answer, or objections-and-replies as its basic structure. In other words it is an enquiring conversation, reflective and critical. The word ‘conversation’ pinpoints the essential character of dialectic: there is more than one speaker.

Posted by Philosophy Foundation Admin on 9th January 2012 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: Socrates, Descartes, P4C, philosophy in schools