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It’s critical we think about philosophy in our schools

Schools continue to be guilty of overlooking a subject that equips young people with exactly the kind of critical-thinking skills they will need in tomorrow’s uncertain world – and it is students who will miss out as a result

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Consider this contrast: religious studies teaches you what people believe. Philosophy , on the other hand, teaches you how to think. Religious studies tells you how the universe was viewed by people who lived a couple of millennia ago, and what they thought this implied for how we should behave. Philosophy examines logic and reasoning, how we get and validate knowledge, the methods of investigating nature, and the justifications that have been offered for various moral attitudes and practices. It asks searching questions about rights, wrongs and the responsibilities we have to each other, it ...

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