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Ask. Ask! Ask!?



"Why should I ask a question?" (L.J., 9A) we stumble upon this question entering through the school gates on the World Philosophy Day. Two steps further, next to the Kindergarten, surprised by the question: "What is a mystery? (D.G., Kindergarten) and, on the windows of the Bar, two great questions dominate the landscape: "Is there truth in error? (M.R., 8A) and "Can I ever be true, if I don't know yet who I am?" (teacher N.R.) This is how, once again, the CIV community celebrates the World Philosophy Day, this year under the motto "Sapere aude! - Time to think, time for thought".

The challenge, launched by our Philosophy teacher, Laurinda Silva, on this VIII edition of the Questions Festival, operated, as usual, as a reflection spell in everyone, bringing up the best questions that inhabit each one of us. Spread out a little everywhere in school (canteen, multicultural room, classrooms, kindergarten, bar...), the questions provoke, they give rise to an exchange of ideas, to cross-chat, and they walk into the classrooms and shared with the family.

They reflect a community that questions and seeks answers in the world around them. They can be disturbing, philosophical, political or economic, sentimental or esoteric, scientific or existential, mature or innocent, and raise doubt, curiosity, conviction and desire for knowledge.

We read around the school, "Where do thoughts go when they are forgotten?" (L.R., 7A), and, "If we can see water and not air, do fish see air and not water? (F.G., 5A). Among students, staff and teachers, questions like, "How big is the gap between perception and reality? (teacher A.C.), "Which is the funniest verb?" (J.C. 3A), "If we do not take sustainable measures immediately, how long can our planet survive?" (M.A. 6A), or "What's the correct way to transmit peace and love?" (A.R. Y11).

On the other hand, curious reflections, like, "How do all the numbers have a name if the numbers are infinite?" (M.V. Y5), "Why are there people with 'déjà vu'? (M.P. 5 A), "Why can't I imagine infinity?" (M.M. 7.A) or "Why is it so difficult for some people to think?" (M.P. 7A).

Question. Question! Question? The question as a driver of knowledge. The discipline of Philosophy for Children and Young People is an area that has accompanied the CIV curriculum since 1997, at all levels of education.