“We should select young people who shine in philosophy and who would not otherwise get to see certain places and have those opportunities; then we take them there and give them those opportunities, as philosophers”.
Inspired by these words (or something pretty close to them), the impact of The Philosophy Foundation’s (TPF) World Philosophy Day activities and mindful of the lack of experiences and opportunities that many children we work with have, we set up the ‘Young Philosophers’ programme.
Posted by Steve Hoggins on 1st August 2016 at 12:00am
We took 22 children in total from Dalmain, Kelvin Grove and St Joseph’s schools to explore and think about nature from the inside and visit a surprising little nature reserve stuck between a grid of roads in a Peckham residential area.
The Young Philosophers programme is now preparing to build on the successes for next year.
Posted by Steve Hoggins on 21st June 2016 at 12:00am
In their first trip of the year the Young Philosophers visited Goldsmith’s University the young philosophers impress the staff and demonstrate a change in attitude towards the educational institution.
Posted by Steve Hoggins on 18th December 2015 at 12:00am
by Steve Hoggins
I had a breakthrough with one of my pupils this week, all initiated by a great learning support mentor who has also helped with our Young Philosophers group (a termly meet up of children from across Lewisham who are good at philosophy, and who don’t normally get these opportunities. The aim of the group is to inspire children, raise attainment, and also for us to keep in contact with children who would benefit from extra support).
Our class had a new arrival last term, an extremely quiet pupil who wasn’t making friends and refused to speak in philosophy. The quiet pupil was assigned a learning mentor after the first few weeks and a couple of weeks after the learning mentor approached me to say that this pupil had been talking about philosophy in their one-to-one lessons.
Posted by on 17th March 2015 at 12:00am