Charles Ames Fischer

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Philosophy for primary grades

Posted by Charles Fischer on November 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Some of the best philosophers I know are ages three to seven. Just listen to the way they question the world around them and you'll quickly appreciate how inquiry guides their young lives. 

So it comes as no surprise to me that this article describes a program for bringing philosophy to primary age students. What I thought was especially cool was that they followed the sessions with art, allowing the children to express their ideas in visual art. Amazing!

Here's are two excerpts:

The subject has already seen a revival at Higher level. Clackmannanshire Council pioneered the teaching of so-called “philosophical inquiry” in primary schools when the local authority introduced the subject in some of its most rundown areas eight years ago. An initial study carried out in 2003-04 showed that children aged five to 11 who were taught philosophical inquiry showed intelligence gains of more than seven IQ points.


Another study showed the gains were maintained years later, even in children who no longer had access to the programme.

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