Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thinking 101: Introductory Course

BBC NEWS | England | Berkshire | Programme teaches pupils to think
The headmaster of an independent school has employed a thinker-in-residence and a philosopher-in-residence to teach pupils "to think and reason".

Dr Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire, believes the teaching of reasoning and philosophy is a "basic right".
Pupils will learn how to construct arguments, understand reasoning and also be taught the basics of the philosophy of knowledge, as part of the programme involving teachers, parents and governors.

It was prompted by Dr Seldon's concerns about the state of the national curriculum.

"We have allowed ourselves to believe it is all about exams and testing," he said.

"Education is about teaching the whole child and this involves being taught how to think and reason independently.

This may be the most favourable thing I've seen start up in education in a long time. Here in the UK the entire focus of education has become tests and pass rates. In a small way this may be the palate cleanser.

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