This public discussion panel will consider future policy and curriculum issues such as whether ethics should be taught as a compulsory school subject to all students in an effort to respond to the general capability of ‘ethical understanding’ and, if so, how should this be taught and assessed? What implications does this have for teacher training? The panel will also consider empirical findings that link the study of philosophy to increased NAPLAN scores i.e. https://theconversation.com/want-to-improve-naplan-scores-teach-children-philosophy-64536 . The four-person panel will each present their views on this theme and then respond to one another.
Joe Gelonesi, the ABC Radio National presenter from The Philosopher’s Zone will facilitate the recorded panel discussion and panel members will include Dr Laura D’Olimpio (FAPSA chair), CEO of Primary Ethics NSW, Professor Rob Wilson, Professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta, Professor Sandra Lynch, Director of the Institute of Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame, and Dr Janet Orchard, University of Bristol, UK.