Teaching Thinking – the Practice of Philosophy with Children

One important goal of education is helping young people to develop their ability to think for themselves inresponsible way. That means to learn how to think more reflectively and therefore to acquaint children with the tools that are required to think well.

Philosophy provides children with methodology of linguistic and logical analysis, but it brings more than conceptual clarity, it involves the development of each person’s skills to compare, to examine, to inquire and to think. Philosophy is the discipline that considers alternative ways of acting, creating, speaking and thinking. Philosophy as we know it from Plato is critical, creative and imaginative. To discover alternatives philosophers persistently appraise and examine their own assumptions and presuppositions question what other people normally take for granted and speculate imaginatively concerning ever more comprehensive frames of reference.

Critical thinking, creativity and freedom programs in philosophy support the search for meaning and understanding in a globalized world. People who live together with people from other cultures have to be very sensitive to differences and similarities and have to be open to new ideas and alternative ways of thinking, acting and living.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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