The aim is not to turn children into philosophers but to broaden the minds of young people; to help them become more thoughtful, more reflective, more considerate and more reasonable individuals.
P4C aids in developing critical thinking while applying reasonable facts to build arguments; collaborative, with the sharing and challenging of ideas. It is creative in the willingness to speculate, take risks and imagine. And it is caring, because the program is drafted to foster consideration and respect for one another.
This concept has been designed to teach children how to collaborate together and to grow in understanding the material world, the personal and ethical world around them.
- P4C develops skills and attitudes associated with open-mindedness, critical thinking, listening, respect, co-operation, empathy and the ability to give reasons for an opinion.
- P4C can help children to think rigorously about controversial global issues.
- P4C allows children to develop their own personal opinions based on gathering and hearing of evidence from a range of sources about an issue.