A new Leaving Cert “politics and society” subject is to be introduced next year and will require students to be familiar with political thinkers such as Karl Marx (above). File photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

A new “politics and society” subject is to introduced to the Leaving Cert syllabus next year and will require students to be familiar with political t(...)

Building blocks: ‘If we see children as our moral equals, then we should be in favour of student-centred education that is not authoritarian and not designed primarily to indoctrinate.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Children’s rights have come a long way since Abraham tied up his son Isaac for slaughter on God’s command. The notion that children have a right to(...)

Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs: the new party’s watchwords are reform and change, but it needs to attract ideas and personalities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Those who believe the new political party that will be formed in early March will be a Lucinda Creighton vehicle have not taken account of the Hobbsia(...)

Portrait of Francis Hutcheson by Allan Ramsay at Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow

It’s just like a philosopher to be born and to die on the same date. Such was the fate of Co Down man Francis Hutcheson (August 8th, 1694, to Augus(...)

Fifth-class students taking part in the philosophy and ’thinking time’ session at Balbriggan Educate Together NS, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, with class teacher John Rice (left) and resource teacher James Hayden. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

John Lennon sang, “Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can.” Well, primary-school pupils at Balbriggan Educate Together had a shot at wondering ju(...)