Great minds debate at Pollokshields school

The lord  provost encourages Pollokshields kids to keep their eyes on the prize
The lord provost encourages Pollokshields kids to keep their eyes on the prize

Pollokshields Primary pupils are thinking great thoughts for the Glasgow primary schools philosophy competition.

Lord provost Sadie Docherty paid a visit southside to promote the Philosophy for Children project, inspired by famous philosopher Plato’s teachings promoting philosophical reasoning and scepticism.

She explained: “Children think very deeply about the world — what is right and wrong, and fair and unfair.

“I’m always impressed by pupils I talk to when visiting our schools. Their honesty and lack of inhibition is always refreshing.”

The lord provost added: “This competition is a wonderful opportunity for them to put their thoughts into words and share what matters to them with us. I’m really looking forward to reading their entries.”

The competition — open to primary seven pupils across Glasgow as part of the curriculum’s ‘citizenship and values’ learning objectives — is based on Plato’s First Academy, or school, founded some 2,400 years ago.

The point of the project is to celebrate the Greek origins of the learning environment as we know it today, and how reasoned and critical thinking can help shape our society and shared values.

The top three entries will receive a £1,000 prize and a bust of Plato for their school — and Pollokshields youngsteras Jannat Khalid and Anees Suleman (pictured) are already deep in philosophical contemplation.