1. All students attend our Monday morning Philosophy and Society seminar. This acts as a school gathering, where we give out notices, and we look at all kinds of topics.
    Because students have no idea what Monday morning will study it has a cool, surprise element, which helps everyone settle in for the week.

    -0 It is generally a good thing to work in small study groups, as we do the rest of the week (generally 7 -12 in a class, max. 15). But it is also good to help students connect with others not in their own personal group, and to be comfortable in a larger group.

    -0 The mixture of ages in this gathering is healthy because trapping young people in age groups is very unnatural and restricts their social skills.
    Older students learn patience and helpfulness towards younger one, and younger ones learn from the model older ones demonstrate. Sometimes younger students do feel a bit lost. But they can always contact someone privately for help. It is also educational to accept that not everything is going to be tailor made to be easy.

    -0 The emphasis is on discussion as well as presentation. We train in excellent courtesy skills in debate, and gradually encourage quieter people to speak up as they realise it is safe to do so. Occasionally a student speaks inappropriately, but they can quickly be given guidance privately as the seminar continues.

    -0 Requests for topics are welcome.

    -0 Some examples of topics are:

    Philosophical issues like moral problems, how to handle difficulties in life.
    First aid, natural healing and health issues.
    Music of various kinds, its history and issues. Important musicians.
    Arts of various kinds, its history and issues. Important artists.
    Business, self employment, and economics.
    Freedom issues, politics, current affairs.
    Religions, beliefs, mythos, principles, and practices. Comparisons.
    Debunking common stereotypes. The dark arts of persuasion in the media.
    Authority of different kinds; why it exists, how it can go wrong, how it can be monitored and checked.
    Changes in the law, especially relating to young people. (UK based with comparisons)
    Bullying, why it happens. How to handle it.
    Social campaigns e.g. feminism, socialism, animal rights, conservation - how they work and why.
    Housework and its skills. Who does it and why?
    Psychology and brain research. Colours, intelligence, violence, happiness.
    Diet principles, and tasty recipes.
    Meditation, how to do it simply and some practical variations.
    Technology - the latest and how it's affecting us.
    The future, imagining ...

    -0 Requests for topics are welcome.
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