Discourses of Educational Rights in Philosophy for Children: On the Theoretical and Practical Merits of Philosophical Education for Children

Avant, Vol. XI, No. 2, doi: 10.26913/avant.2020.02.04
published under license CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Aireen Grace Andal orcid-id
Ural Federal University
aireengrace.andal @ gmail.com

Received 21 February 2019; accepted 6 November 2019; published Online First 10 January 2020

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Abstract: This article aims to put into dialogue Philosophy for Children (P4C) and education rights. Whereas rights have robust conceptualizations and have been the topic of many scholarly discussions, scholarship on P4C still has a lot to unpack for a more expansive understanding, especially when scaled up to the level of rights. This work asks whether or not the rhetoric of “rights” can be used to discuss if P4C has a rightful place to be a mandatory part of school curriculum. Thus the article explores how P4C is positioned between children education and rights discourses. The range of views on P4C is broad enough to prevent the concentration of discursive power in a single source or authority in terms of scale of discussion. P4C is therefore subject to both scrutiny and praise in the same way that other human rights ideologies have been. In conclusion, this work hopes to speak and contribute to the literature on P4C by problematizing children’s discursive positions as learners and citizens with rights.

Keywords: Philosophy for Children; Childhood; Philosophy Education; Rights; Pedagogy


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