Going Beyond the Textbook

“In the Phaedrus, Plato has Socrates say that true philosophy cannot be done through the written word. After all, books can’t answer back, they can’t qualify or clarify or reply to objections. For Socrates, true philosophy can only be done through a living, breathing, conversation.”

(Peter Worley ‘Plato not Playdoh’, TEDx Talks)

In November 2014, Tim Oats wrote a paper ‘Why Textbooks Count’ which prompted the now Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb, to call for a “renaissance” of high quality textbooks in England’s classrooms. Textbooks are certainly to be found lacking in this country. I would argue that it is not a ‘renaissance’ which is needed, but banishment.Read More »