Sunday Times Festival of Education
We are delighted to be returning to The Sunday Times, Festival of Education this year on Saturday 22nd June.
Our specialists David Birch and Steve Hoggins will be running a workshop for parents, teachers and for any interested parties at 9.10am and 2.50pm in the Mandarin Room.
‘Dad, who am I?’
Philosophy: learning how to speak when you are lost for words
For both parents and teachers, sometimes the hardest thing to say to your children is, ‘I don’t know.’ Philosophy gets round the problem of insatiable questioning by replying, ‘Well what do you think?’ This workshop will look at how philosophy can be used to offer a fresh approach to education, an approach based on listening rather than teaching. Whether it’s at home or in the classroom, philosophy can nurture the endless incredulity of children and turn mutual ignorance into a conversation.
About the workshop leaders
David is an author and educator. He teaches philosophy in primary and secondary schools throughout London for The Philosophy Foundation. He wrote many contributions to the award-winning book The Philosophy Shop, and his new book Provocations: Philosophy for Secondary School is due for release next year by Crown House Publishing.
Steve is a trained primary school teacher and Development Director of The Philosophy Foundation. He has taught all ages from pre-school children to grown-up children for over 10 years. He particularly enjoys discovering philosophy in children's picture books.