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January 05, 2008



Forget limiting philosophy in schools to sixth formers. My son's (state) primary school has introduced what is it calling philosophy for 9-11 year olds. It boils down to developing skills in questioning and debating arguments and in critical thinking. It has enthused the staff involved, who credit it with improving performance across the curriculum, and engaged the children concerned. As yet, my daughter's pre-school remains unphilosophised, though.

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