The group meets regularly. The questions get deeper and more thoughtful. The pupils' discussions become more disciplined and focused yet, at the same time, more imaginative. They care more about what others say but don't accept easy answers. They develop the ability to recognise differences and explore them constructively.
This describes how a philosophical community of enquiry develops. No gimmicks or jargon - just high expectations of children's abilities to think critically and creatively and to develop morally and socially.
Philosophical enquiry aims to help children develop the basic skills and dispositions that will enable them to contribute to a pluralistic society. It can boost children's self-esteem and intellectual confidence.
It aims to create a caring classroom situation where children...