By teaching philosophy in schools, children will be able to look beyond the spheres of their daily lives and take in the bigger picture. For such a study to be effective, it need only pose questions that are of interest to a curious and inquisitive mind, and challenge students to detach from their rigid belief systems and explore other perspectives.
Students will look at multiple accounts of history instead of a single narrative. They will investigate evidence from a number of different angles, weigh all the evidence in fairness, and reach their own conclusions, with complete impartiality from their teacher.
Socrates once said, ‘Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.’ In a new education paradigm, the role of the teacher will shift from a dictator of information to a facilitator of open dialogue. Through a process of open-ended questioning, students will be challenged to actively engage their own minds in order to develop their critical thinking faculties.
Science Education should be experienced through experimental inquiry. Children should be interacting with their environment and testing various hypotheses in a fun, practical setting. Science is best understood through a trial and error process, where students can see the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of life’s wonders.
Mathematics will no longer be compulsory beyond basic primary-level math. The children with computing minds will enjoy pursuing advanced mathematical concepts, while the right-brain learners will spend their time learning in other areas. Foundational Math is important and will remain a cornerstone of education, with a focus on ‘real world application’. Children will also explore the connection between mathematics and nature, through principles such as the golden ratio.
Religious & Cultural Inquiry
Schools will take an inquiring approach to world religion and cultural diversity. Religious worship will be highly discouraged in a new education system, with an emphasis on exploring all the major world religions within a philosophical context. Some schools may like to pay tribute to the many religions and cultures in their own symbolic way, and this is to be embraced, free of all dogma.