The Philosophy Resistance Squad

Book guide:The Philosophy Resistance Squad

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Free book guide accompanying The Philosophy Resistance Squad, an exciting philosophical romp about a wicked headmaster being taken on by a group of kids who have learned the power of critical thinking.

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This free book guide accompanies The Philosophy Resistance Squad, an exciting philosophical romp about a wicked headmaster being taken on by a group of kids who have learned the power of critical thinking. The guide is designed to help teachers and other adults introduce philosophy to children, and also provides activities and discussion questions based on the book.

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1 review for Book guide:The Philosophy Resistance Squad

  1. Nathan O'Connor Junior Cycle Student
    5 out of 5


    I recently read “The Philosophy Resistance Squad” by Robert Grant, which is aimed at school age young people such as myself. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I expected it to be either an immature, dumbed-down philosophy book for 6-year-olds or a boring, complicated book for ages a lot older than mine. But it was neither. It wasn’t too childish to be boring for anyone who is over the age of 12, and not so complicated to be intimidating to the young-minded reader such as myself. The book is about a boy named Milo who is enrolled in a very reputable school named the “Secondary Training Institute for Lifelong Employment”, or “The Institute” for short. This school is the #2 ranking school in the world and it is its goal to be #1. The principal of this school is called Finnegus Pummelcrush and he is a very nice and humble man to the media but evil behind the scenes. The main plot of this story is about the harsh teaching methods of “The Institute” and how the teachers only want the students to listen and never ask questions of them. In a nutshell, teachers only tell the students what they want them to know, but have no interest in students’ interests or them thinking for themselves. But one day Milo encounters a woman named Ursula who introduces the idea of philosophy to him and encourages him to think and question for himself. Principal Pummelcrush had a machine that brainwashes students into “zombie robots” who are obedient and obedient only. However, the counter to this machine is strong questioning, and open-minded, critical thinking, much like philosophy. The plot is very engaging in my opinion and forces you to think. All the chapters open with a philosophy quote that relates to the chapter. This book has a good mix between fast-paced action and slow-paced philosophical conversations. I think that the use of “thought experiments” was really effective in the book and is a great way to get the reader to feel involved in the conversation when reading. It was also a great way of getting the reader to question ‘what is philosophy?’ to them.

    Whilst I am not very experienced in philosophy, I have been doing it in school for the past 2 years. It is my view that philosophy is not always taught effectively in secondary schools. I think that philosophy in second-level education is too confined to the curriculum and does not give us students enough freedom of thought. Classroom conversations, tend to be boring because the topic is not interesting nor unique enough to eventually evolve into a deeper discussion. This is reflected in the book. I think that the way philosophy is presented by Ursula in this book is excellent and an example of how philosophy should be taught in schools. In my philosophy class, we tend to have empty conversations, and I get minimal enjoyment from them. Whereas in Ursula’s teachings of philosophy it is more meaningful, engaging and enjoyable for the students because students are centre to the process. I learned more about philosophy from this book than my 2 years of doing the subject in school and I was entertained in the process. I think the author has done a remarkable job introducing and explaining what philosophy is to readers, in particular younger ones, who may not have known about, or being exposed to philosophy prior to reading the book. This book kept me engaged with the switches between philosophical dialogue and the main story.

    This book is a great choice for anyone who is curious about philosophy, or just curious in general. For anyone who is hoping to get their child to start reading books or who wants to start reading books to their children, this is a great book to start with. I would also recommend it to adults, as I am sure they will enjoy it, will see their own experiences of school in it, and will appreciate the chapter quotes more perhaps than a younger child might.

    I found this book a great read and suitable for people who don’t know much about philosophy but also for people who do know a good deal about philosophy and I would recommend it to anyone, young or old. I would especially recommend it to students and teachers. For teachers, it provides a different perspective on how they teach children and also an important tool in how teaching philosophy might be done differently in schools. For students, it offers us a way to reflect on how we are being taught in school and how we, together with our teachers, can make classroom learning more interesting, enjoyable and engaging for ourselves.

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