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Philosophy For Children

Philosophy For Children

At our school we believe children should develop their voice and should be given opportunity to participate in debate to equip them with the skills to become active citizens. Philosophy for Children (P4C) is an imitative that we use at our school to support this.

All teachers and teaching assistants have received the philosophy for children training and we are actively teaching our children how to debate, reason and be reasoned with. We have built opportunities into the curriculum for children to debate moral and ethic issues. We also use P4C as a vehicle to discuss current affairs and topical issues in society. Some of these issues will spark debate and are controversial however we believe that children are best placed debating topic issued in a safe environment as opposed to developing misconceptions. 

Debate and Philosophy for children also forms part of our prevent agenda. The skills that we teach children in P4C are the very same skills that children need to help challenge injustices in society and to question where they feel something is not right.

Philosophy for Children, P4C or P for C is the trademark of  a curriculum for 6-16 year olds. Developed by Matthew Lipman and his associates at IAPC (Institute for Philosophy for Children) in New Jersey, USA during the late 60’s early 70’s. as a way to encourage children to be more reasonable – that is, to reason and be reasoned with.

He was concerned that children were not learning effectively because they were not encouraged to think things through for themselves and felt that the process of philosophy - of seeking answers to questions that seem puzzling, and discussing them with friends who might disagree - could help improve the situation. 

For more information on Philosophy for Children please follow this link

Philosophy for Children powerpoint