“Ivan Illich has a book called Deschooling Society in which he argues that, since we now live in a world where the information and answers are all outside the schoolroom, let us close the schools. Why spend the child’s time inside the school giving him answers that already exist outside? It’s a good question, but his suggestion to close the schools is somewhat unnecessary. Instead of putting the answers inside the school, why not put the questions inside?” McLuhan, Living in an Acoustic World
A philosophical question has no definitive answer. This self-initiated project is ongoing and is about designing posters for schools (or homes) to start philosophical conversations by illustrating some provocative questions. They are not designed with any particular age group in mind.
Doing philosophy helps to develop confidence in articulating thoughts and good reasoning skills. It enables the practice of creative thinking. It diminishes conflict and cultivates a respect for different points of view, and gives a safe way to negotiate difficult subjects. It strengthens relationships and empowers participants to take control over what is happening in their lives.
This is a series of posters designed and illustrated for the Great Unthunk project. www.thegreatunthunk.com