Extra Curricular RE : Running a Philosophy Society

“The unexamined life is not worth living” (Socrates)

The commitment of running a philosophy society is one which I am thoroughly enjoying. It was set up in 2012 by my predecessor and the biggest challenge has been the inner battle of anxiety I felt about living up to the hype. All reports I had heard about it were hugely positive. I still worry about being able to deliver something which is not only popular with pupils, but is also seen as academically worthwhile by the staff. It is an ongoing project, and I have learnt a lot so far.

Ultimately, I remain passionate about RE and the department that I am so fortunate to work within. However, I often find that in my lessons there is little time available to follow a line of enquiry as fully as the pupils would like. Unfortunately, limited time and the pressure of looming summer exams can lead to the curtailing of opportunities for philosophical dialogue in the classroom.  However, it is my wholehearted belief that the importance of philosophy for children is that it remains a worthwhile activity in itself.  It is with this in mind that I decided to revive The Hampshire Philosophy Society after a year of working at my school.

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