Teaching Children Philosophy
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 25 November 2012, Question 4
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 25 November 2012, I answered a question on teaching children philosophy.
Why isn't philosophy taught to young children? It seems that teaching philosophy to young children – as young as kindergarten – might result in much better reasoning skills, as well as greater willingness to think independently and question what they've been taught. So is philosophy not taught to the young just because some parents and politicians might not like those good results?
My Answer, In Brief: Children can and must learn the abstract principles and skills of philosophy inductively – meaning, through subjects like history, literature, science, and mathematics. Only later can they learn philosophy explicitly.
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