Philosophy in Education in Southern Africa

Have you ever been puzzled and intrigued by one or more of the following questions, but were not satisfied by standard or common sense answers? If so, this website is for you. You may be working and/or living with children or young people, or perhaps you are studying these topics in a formal setting such as a university. You may be a teacher educator or a policymaker. This website offers resources, conferences, courses, events and Southern Africa's first network of its kind. 

Some examples of questions are:

  • Can historical accounts be objective and what does objectivity mean? 
  • Is scientific study value-free? 
  • How can I teach critical thinking through oracy, literacy, numeracy or science?
  • What is dialogical teaching and what are its benefits?
  • What are sound, valid arguments?
  • What kind of resources can I use in the classroom to teach critical thinking and emotional literacy?
  • What is teaching and what is learning?
  • How to be a moral leader? What does it mean to be a professional?
  • What are emotions and can/should we teach children to manage them?
  • Can we teach children to be good? And what does that mean anyway?
  • Can thinking about moral dilemmas reduce stress?
  • What are the moral dimensions of educational laws, policy, school rules?
  • Do you need religion to be moral?
  • What is fair punishment?
  • What are my rights and what are children’ rights?
  • How can I (and should I?) teach for democracy?
  • What should and shouldn’t be allowed in school (e.g. censorship, certain hairstyles)? Controversial issues (gender, sex education, HIV/Aids, homosexuality)?
  • Should I teach Darwinism/creationism?
  • Should there be religious schools and if so, should they teach various religions and atheism? Should these schools be state-funded?
  • How and to what extent should I cater for diversity and difference in school?
  • What is the identity of a primary teacher as opposed to a secondary teacher?
  • What is a child? Is childhood a mere social construction?
  • Are there different kinds of thinking? e.g. logical, narrative?
  • What does it mean to think in the disciplines?
  • Is it true that there are various learning styles and multiple intelligences?
  • What are the kinds of resources we should and shouldn’t use in schools, because they might upset certain people?
  • What should and shouldn’t we talk about in schools?

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