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That’s not for our kids: The strange death of philosophy and ethics in a low socioeconomic secondary school

Thompson, G. and Lašič, T. (2014) That’s not for our kids: The strange death of philosophy and ethics in a low socioeconomic secondary school. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 46 (11). pp. 1225-1237.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2013.771445
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Abstract

This article reflects on the successes and failures of a new Philosophy and Ethics course in a low socioeconomic context in Perth, Western Australia, with the eventual demise of the subject in the school at the end of 2010. We frame this reflection within Deleuzian notions of geophilosophy to advocate for a Philosophy and Ethics that is informed by nomadic thought, as this offers a critical freedom for students to transform themselves and their society and suggests practical ways both of overcoming the prejudices which led to its demise and of student reluctance to engage in open discussion in class. We consider the demise of the course a ‘missed opportunity’ because it had so much potential to be transformative of student subjectivities in schools.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/24884
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