Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t

Charlotte Blease, The Guardian, Jan 10, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The headline would make more sense if you couldn't use Google to learn philosophy, but in fact, you can. Of course, learning philosophy (or anything else) means doing much ore than merely reading about it and remembering stuff. You have to do philosophy, and online or off, it is every bit as hard as Charlotte Blease says it is. "It requires us to overcome personal biases and pitfalls in reasoning. This necessitates tolerant dialogue, and imagining divergent views while weighing them up." Having said that, I have long argued for the teaching of philosophy - and especially critical thinking - in schools, as have many others before me. Far better to learn to think that to learn to memorize.

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