Collectable philosophers: cards for the thinking classroom. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly/Irish Times Premedia

If philosophy had been on the curriculum 30 years ago, would we be in the same mess we’re in today? It’s a tantalising thought and the very sort of “w(...)

Presley Ogedegbe and Caitlin Whelan from 6th Class at the Model School on Marlborough Street launching new  lesson plans for primary schools with Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn and Fintan O’Toole, author of a History of Ireland in 100 Objects. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

An elegant black Georgian tea-pot used by one boy’s great-grandparents was one contribution by pupils at a Dublin school to the emigrant’s teapot less(...)