Mount Holyoke College: Philosophy
"This seminar will explore how children's books can be used to teach
philosophy to elementary school children. Different techniques for
teaching philosophy to children will be canvassed and participants
will try them out on each other. The course will culminate in the
participants applying what they have learned in actual elementary
school classrooms in Northampton, MA."
Institute for the
Advancement of Philosophy for Children
"The IAPC was formed in 1974 as part of Montclair State. From the
beginning, its mission has been to develop a complete curriculum in
elementary and secondary school philosophy; to demonstrate by experimental
research the academic benefits of such a discipline; to provide teacher-education
services to school districts from around the country and around the
world; to conduct a Masters program leading to an M.Ed. in Philosophy
for Children; and to prepare professors of philosophy and other educators
to set up affiliate centers from which they could train teachers in
their parts of the world."
Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children
"The Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children is a non-profit
organization that brings philosophy into the lives of young people
through programs in elementary, middle, and high schools, parent organizations,
and other organizations serving young people, with a particular emphasis
on reaching children who are at risk and educationally disadvantaged.
For teachers, parents, and other interested adults, the Center offers
workshops, given by educators trained in philosophy, about ways to
facilitate philosophical dialogues with young people."
Kids Philosophy Slam
"The Mission of the Kids Philosophy Slam is to give kids a voice,
and to inspire kids to think by unlocking their intellectual and creative
potential through a unique and powerful philosophical forum."
Philosophy for Kids: University of Massachusetts
"Above all, I didn't want those kids to say to me at the end of the
class, 'Now tell us what the answer is.' And, in fact, they never
did that. I think that, by making the problem something that a child
character in my story gave expression to, I encouraged them to think
that the problem might have a solution, or at least some kind of resolution,
they themselves were capable of coming up with." -Prof. Gary Matthews
A hub of Philosophy for Children resources, including information
on different philosophers and philosophical stories.
Philosopher's Island: Middleton Cheney Primary School
"Philosopher's Island is a story which asks questions. These questions
are designed to explore different aspects of philosophy. We have been
discussing the problems posed by Philosopher's Island."
Provides definitions and examples of different areas of philosophy.
Philosophy & The Enquiring Child
"Philosophy for Children, School Council and Context Drama play an
important role at Tuckswood School. The aim of this section is to
promote these ideas and to link with other schools and organisations
interested in developing them further."
Philosophy for Children: Stanford University
Addresses the misconceptions that pre-adolescents are incapable of
philosophical thinking and that introducing philosophy crowds the
curriculum and creates skeptics.
Philosophy for Children: Links
A list of resources grouped by region.
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