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Philosophy and Children: The Art of Questioning - Blog - ParentMap

Philosophy and Children: The Art of Questioning - Blog - ParentMap | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it
Almost all very young children are alive with questions; they seem to naturally recognize that this is the way to investigate and understand the world.
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Autumn 1999 - Jana Mohr-Lone Creates Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children

Autumn 1999 - Jana Mohr-Lone Creates Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

Like Walker, Jana Mohr-Lone (MA, PhD, Philosophy, '90, '96) followed a new path as a result of parenthood. In her case, the destination was K-12 schools. Her mission: to introduce students to philosophy.

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"When my oldest son was four, he started asking me questions that I recognized as deeply philosophical," recalls Mohr-Lone, a former attorney. "It reminded me that I was also asking questions like that at an early age."

That realization led Mohr-Lone to set up a program in her son's preschool. She met with the children each week, guiding and encouraging them to think philosophically. "It was just wonderful," she recalls. "We talked about things like what it means to be alive, and whether you can be someone's friend if he or she doesn't think of you as a friend. I started thinking about how philosophy could help school-age children develop their critical thinking and reasoning."

Mohr-Lone created a nonprofit organization, Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, and explored possible approaches to introducing philosophy in the schools.

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‘The Philosophical Child’: A book for when your child asks, ‘Why are we here?’ | UW Today

‘The Philosophical Child’: A book for when your child asks, ‘Why are we here?’ | UW Today | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

Review of 'The Philosophical Child' and an interview with its author JanaMohr Lone.

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