ARK Kings Students Ponder the Big Questions on World Philosophy Day
Yesterday (Thursday 20 November), ARK Kings Academy celebrated World Philosophy Day by attempting to find answers to some of life's deepest mysteries.
Students were given food for thought - literally - when they found a coloured piece of paper attached to their dining room table with a different philosophical question on it. Over break and lunchtime, students gave serious (and sometimes not so serious) consideration to life, death and everything in between, including:
What is the meaning of life?
Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?
What is true happiness?
What happens next?
Better Living Through Philosophy
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has declared every third Thursday of November World Philosophy Day. Events are held around the globe to introduce more people to philosophy and the contribution it makes to critical and independent thought and promoting tolerance and peace. You can find out more about the day by visiting UNESCO's website here.
At ARK Kings Academy we teach philosophy as part of our RE curriculum. We also build critical thinking into all our lessons and enrichment activities, with students being encouraged to explore issues from different perspectives before forming their own views. Our students leave ARK Kings not just prepared for further and higher education leading to a career of their own choice, but also with the confidence and motivation to make a positive contribution to wider society.
The Philosophy of ARK Kings Students
Adam: "I think true happiness is spending time with your friends and having fun while you’re living in the world basically."
James:"Happiness is riding the bus, sitting down and looking at the notices. I like to look at everything that’s going on when on the bus.
Mark "Happiness is laughing at a joke."
The Nature of Reality
Shannon: "Reality is life."
Anonymous: "Reality is when you use all your senses."
Telling Right from Wrong
Anonymous: "My mum tells me."
Anonymous: "What's right and wrong is decided by fate."
Is it worse to attempt something and fail or never attempt it in the first place?
Alex: "It is worse not to try because if you never try you can never succeed."
Anonymous: "To never attempt it because then at least you have given it your best shot and if you fail it is just experience."