While parents in the Victorian State education system are looking to schools to reinforce their children’s moral compass, the Humanist Society of Victoria has seen a need for children to think about practical ethics at primary school level. Advocating an innovative approach to ethics in schools we have identified Philosophy for Children (P4C) as the most progressive way to encourage both ethical understanding and critical thinking. We initiated a trial introduction of ethics lessons, called Community of Ethical Inquiry, which was conducted in State schools during term 4, 2014.

We are preparing to launch the report of the trial, ‘Bringing Ethical Understanding to Primary Schools’, which should be of interest to parents, teachers and school councils.

Where:  State Library of Victoria Theatrette, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

When: Wednesday 30 September, 6-7.30 pm

Cost: This is a free event

Bookings: Seating is limited. To reserve your seat, go to http://www.trybooking.com/INNE

The principal speaker will be Professor Philip Cam, an international authority on philosophy in schools, who has written extensively on the subject for both teachers and children. Dr Janette Poulton, Education and Innovations Officer for the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools, will summarize the report of which she is co-author. Philip and Janette will be joined in a panel discussion by Dr Patrick Stokes and Sharon Lomas.  Patrick is a Senior Lecturer in philosophy at Deakin University, and Sharon is a grade 5/6 teacher at one of our model schools.

Please reserve your seat ASAP.

Cathy Warburton
Co-ordinator, Community of Ethical Inquiry
Humanist Society of Victoria Inc.
Email: cathy.warburton@optusnet.com.au

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