Philosophy professor Erin DeLathouwer stands in front of a group of Grade 6 and 7 students in the gym at Hugh Cairnes school.
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North American schools do a reasonable job of teaching kids to memorize facts -- yet many fall short when it comes to teaching critical thinking, a vital skill.
Natalie Fletcher shows a zine cover | Courtesy of Brila Youth Projects
That’s exactly what Natalie Fletcher, a PhD student in humanities at Concordia’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, sees kids develop at the summer camp she runs through Brila, a youth charity she founded in 2008.
Brila Summer Creativity Camp is a philosophical and artistic day camp where kids create an online magazine, or zine, that helps them develop ethics and artistic skills -- while having fun.
Founded in Spring 2008 by Professor Rob Wilson, Philosophy for Children Alberta (P4CA) is an associate organization within of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts. The core of P4CA is an innovative team that includes undergraduate and graduate students, professors, teachers, and community members dedicated to carrying out the two-part mission of P4CA:
Promote the Philosophy for Children Program as an exemplary method of achieving #1.