Phi­los­o­phy of learn­ing

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

ST Mark’s Angli­can Com­mu­nity School wel­comed its first philoso­pher in res­i­dence re­cently.

As the founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of UK-based char­ity The Phi­los­o­phy Foun­da­tion, Peter Wor­ley brings phi­los­o­phy to schools around the world and has writ­ten sev­eral books for teach­ers to de­liver phi­los­o­phy and crit­i­cal think­ing in the class­room.

“Peter firmly be­lieves phi­los­o­phy em­ploys and en­cour­ages crit­i­cal think­ing – some­thing that is a much­needed tool in to­day’s world,” phi­los­o­phy teacher Andrew Rogers said.

Mr Wor­ley spent three days at the Hil­larys school work­ing with stu­dents from years 2 to 12 on a range of philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions to en­gage them in the sub­ject and to de­velop their crit­i­cal and cre­ative think­ing.

Top­ics in­cluded ‘what is think­ing?’ with years 2 and 3, look­ing at In­dige­nous per­spec­tives at the time of Fed­er­a­tion with Year 6 stu­dents and dis­cussing busi­ness ethics with Year 12 stu­dents.

The phi­los­o­phy and ethics course was in­tro­duced at St Mark’s five years ago.

“Stu­dents un­der­tak­ing the ATAR course are per­form­ing well and our course results have seen us listed in the top-per­form­ing schools cat­e­gory since its in­cep­tion,” Mr Rogers said.

“We have an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful Philosothon team (an in­ters­chool phi­los­o­phy com­pe­ti­tion), which will be rep­re­sent­ing WA at the Aus­tralasian Philosothon com­pe­ti­tion in Ade­laide later this year.

“In ad­di­tion, a pop-up Phi­los­o­phy Cafe runs on Fri­days dur­ing lunch, when stu­dents from years 6 to 12 meet to dis­cuss philo­soph­i­cal is­sues.”


Peter Wor­ley from the Phi­los­o­phy Foun­da­tion. Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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