Philosophy on the curriculum – how to teach thinking skills

How felicitous! There I was writing my previous post about teaching teachers to think when the Irish Times carried an Opinion article on introducing philosophy to the curriculum.

Rodin and his statue The Thinker

Sometime ago I heard an interview with Edward de Bono, on RTE Radio 1,who said research showed that teaching convicts to think reduced the incidence of reoffending. Maybe if we taught them to think while in school they wouldn’t have offended in the first place..? Many great people have studied philosophy including another teacher/TD, Mick Wallace…

One problem remains; who is qualified to teach thinking skills? Read the article in full; It’s time to start teaching philosophy as a formal subject in our secondary schools

Here’s a good explanation as to why we could teach a critical thinking course if not philosophy; Click here

For some great articles on philosophy and the curriculum by Joe Humphreys of the Irish Times click here.

Philosophy educational resources: Educational Action Research in Ireland

The UK Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education: click here – includes downloadable resources for the classroom

European Foundation for the Advancement of Doing Philosophy with Children:

Photo: WikiCommons

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