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.
From peaceful sanctuaries, to high-rise urban living - celebrating the work of leading Indian architect Charles Correa
Great design transcends the functional, the mechanical, it becomes poetry, it becomes art.
"His eye-catching buildings have helped define the architecture of post-independence India. From cultural and civic monuments to modest housing developments, Charles Correa's influence and style has spread far beyond the subcontinent.
A new exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London - which has been gifted Correa's archive - celebrates his decades-long career. Take a look with the designer, fellow architect David Adjaye."
With the present paper, we intend to actually emphasize how a subject in a field applied to philosophy, the philosophy for children, could contribute to the process of the development of youth's thinking. Our proposal does not envisage philosophy as most of the people understand it, as a body void of prefabricated ideas: we are approaching the act of philosophizing. This is not the exclusive property of those who call themselves “philosophers”, but it is typical to the human nature. We would like to show how the philosophy for children could represent an excellent exercise for the young mind, an effective form of research of world's grounds
I will never forget when my Introduction to Philosophy seminar professor taught me that “which begs the question” was not just a flashy phrase I used to introduce new paragraphs in my ACT Writing section. It turned out that begging the question was a specific kind of circular logical fallacy, and I had been using
A philosophy magazine has been released as a Kindle edition from Japan to the world. This is a first Japanese philosophy magazine for general public, which young philosophers collaborated to write accessible articles especially to high school students. Readers can listen to interview podcasts from philosophy-zoo.com
As a special issue in this volume, the editorial team interviewed Japanese philosophers and science communicators about the confusion between science and life since Japan, which has the third highest number of nuclear power plants in the world, was hit by a Tsunami and earthquake in 11 March 2011.
Educators use age-old questions to spark high-level thinking and discussion- By LAURA PAPPANO
“Can you be scared and brave at the same time?” asks Charlotte Ljustina, a junior math and English double major and one of 19 Mount Holyoke students working in teams of three to help youngsters explore philosophical topics. This is the first of seven weekly sessions that bring students in Professor Tom Wartenberg’s “Teaching Children Philosophy” course to the charter school.
Read inside about our new philosopher-in-residence program at John Muir Elementary School, the first Washington State High School Ethics Bowl program that’s being organized by the Center to take place this winter, our new graduate fellowship program, and more!
The “philosophy of mind,” a line of investigation in academia about the nature of the human mind, sounds like a complicated topic for those not familiar with philosophy. But to Thomas E. Wartenberg, philosophy professor at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, and the founder of the “Teaching Children Philosophy” program, such philosophical concepts are commonly found in children’s literature, if adults look closely enough for them.
Last week they tried to prove they exist. Next week they will debate when a cake is a cake. Today's challenge: define the meaning of "fair" -- not the outdoor...
Walsh said that her own eyes were opened to the field and the Socratic questioning of basic concepts when she took a bioethics class during her senior year at Notre Dame High School in Hingham, Massachusetts. In college she fell in love with the dialog model of teaching and, with helpful professors, founded a philosophy club at the Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester. She said with pride that that club is still going strong.
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