I was listening to a piece this morning about an area where they are teaching "philosophy" in Primary schools. I am not sure we would all call it philosophy but it is certainly teaching children critical thinking. They seem to be teaching them to listen to others, reflect on why they hold the opinions they do, evidence what they are putting forward and allow time and space for others to express their views.
Lead researcher Prof Stephen Gorard, from the School of Education at Durham University, said: "Our results suggest that these philosophy sessions can have a positive impact on pupils' maths, reading and perhaps their writing skills.
"But crucially, they seem to work especially well for the children who are most disadvantaged. This is very encouraging as we, along with the EEF, are committed to helping tackle educational disadvantage.
I think it is totally understandable that it works well for the most disadvantaged but I wonder how some grandparents will react when asked "but what is your evidence for that, Granny?"
There are quite a few articles on this but this is one: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33464258
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