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What’s the Big Idea? | Teaching Philosophy through feature film clips

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Harvard Education Letter: Engaging Young Minds with Philosophy

Harvard Education Letter: Engaging Young Minds with Philosophy | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

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.

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Mount Holyoke's Thomas Wartenberg helps teach philosophy through picture books like Mo Willems' 'Knuffle Bunny'

Mount Holyoke's Thomas Wartenberg helps teach philosophy through picture books like Mo Willems' 'Knuffle Bunny' | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

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. 

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