Article: “It helps us be a better human”

22 February 2018 Sheffield Telegraph

A P4C success story from Sheffield. A class of year 6 pupils flourish during their philosophical enquiries and astound the reporter with their reflections of the classes.

‘As one child put it, “It’s good because it gives you time to think. It helps you ask questions. It shows you that there can be many answers to one question”. Another said, “It helps us in our lives… it helps us to be a better human”.’

Read the full article here.

Article: Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t

9th January 2017 The Guardian

Philosophy could help us prepare the next generation for the challenges ahead. With technological innovations making routine work obsolete, the ability to think critically and creatively will be essential.

This article notes the increasing volume of the lobby for philosophy in schools. With murmurs of a Philosophy GCSE and the implementation of an optional course for 12 to 16-year-olds offered in Ireland.

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Resource: Oxplore

Oxplore.org is a rich and versatile web-based resource that can be used to guide a class through a huge range of philosophical questions. Click “yes” or “no” in response to any question and you are taken to a page full of mini-quizzes, thought experiments, video and text-based resources.

Could be used in class on a projector, for pupils to explore in groups on tablets or perhaps as the basis for individual research projects in the computer lab.

Resource: The Philosophy Man

Subscribe to Jason “Philosophy Man” Buckley‘s weekly newsletter right now. Every week Jason sends a brilliant stimulus for a P4C session that can be made to work with pupils of any age. Covering every topic under the philosophical sun, these emails are my go-to resource if I need to plan a P4C session with limited time.

He has even more resources available on his website, is a SAPERE-accredited P4C trainer, and sells three splendid pocket-size books that cover the basics of P4C and are packed full of even more ideas to get people of all ages thinking.

Article: Why philosophers shouldn’t sit exams

16/12/2015 – The Guardian

The University of Essex ditches assessment by examination for philosophy students. Exams will be replaced with extra contact hours with staff, a focus on student presentations and group-based problem-solving tasks.

The University claims that exams are a poor means for assessing the skills that are fostered during a philosophy degree such as “problem-solving, independent learning, collaboration, interpretation and presentation”. The changes have been made in close consultation with staff and pupils.

Read the full article here.