'A Lively Debate'
Kimbolton and Longsands pupils exchange views in P4C workshop.
Pupils from Kimbolton and Longsands Academy enjoyed a lively debate on Wednesday (20 March), when Longsands hosted a ‘Philosophy For Children’ (P4C) workshop.
Eight Second and Third Form Kimbolton pupils interested in Philosophy joined with Longsands' pupils to engage in an afternoon of thinking and discussion. Starting with a word association warm up, the group moved onto a challenging discussion of the Shamima Begum citizenship and ISIS case, extracting the philosophical issues from the example. A good exchange of views ensued, with some pointers from Mrs Poole and Ms Saklani, to move towards concerns about identity; extremism; equity; citizenship; education; responsibility (national and personal); remorse and forgiveness; media portrayal and influence.
With three suggested questions to choose from the pupils voted to enquire further whether it is safe to allow criminals or terrorists back into the country if they were a threat, or grudges against them were held. All in all an impressive joint display of Socratic dialogue, thinking, respectful discussion and considered conclusions. Maybe Parliament could do with these pupils’ assistance.