Philosophy and religion in Schools


January 26, 2014 By Stephen Law

Is philosophy in schools a good idea? (from Hand and Winstanley, Philosophy in Schools, Continuum 2008))

An examination of two very popular objections to the suggestion that all children should be encouraged to think critically and independently about moral and religious questions.

1. To encourage a thinking, questioning attitude on these topics is to promote relativism.

2. Parents have a right to send their child to a school where their religious beliefs will not be subjected to critical scrutiny.