During Thinking Time or P4C we discuss a huge variety of topics. All sessions begin with a question. Usually along the lines of,
I wonder if….???
I wonder what….???
I wonder why…???
We have used poetry, newspaper articles, fables, old sayings, photographs, art, current affairs, real life dilemmas, advertising and much much more in order to stimulate curiosity and initiate dialogue.
A couple of weeks ago, we decided to use a piece of music.
The children listen to “Cold Fact” by I have a Tribe. (Link below) They were asked to recall any memorable lyrics or to share any emotions they experienced while listening to the track.
The discussion that followed was nothing short of breath taking. Some of the lyrics they found most intriguing were:
“I’m so grateful to the bodies that have carried me, my family and empathy”
“I can speak to you cos I’ve so many flaws”
“Give to me your gun, can I please shoot the war”
“You know a dog must show his teeth, sometimes”
On this particular occasion we decided to focus on the idea of “shooting the war”. Somebody suggested that had Hitler been shot during World War 1, World War 2 might have been avoided and 60 million people might have been saved. Another pupil wondered whether it was ever justified to kill. If killing one person would ultimately save millions, would it be ok?
Five to six minutes into our lesson we had found our “I wonder” question for discussion………..
IF KILLING ONE PERSON WOULD ULTIMATELY SAVE THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF OTHERS, WOULD IT BE OK?
Please feel free to share your opinions in the comments section below.
*****Remember it’s ok to change your opinion if you feel differently after reading the opinions of others.