Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Philosophy in the Classroom

This week and next students in our Philosophy for Children seminar at the University of Washington will be doing philosophy lessons in a variety of public school classrooms around Seattle, from 5th through 10th grade. We have been meeting for seven weeks now, and in the seminar we've discussed topics ranging from the nature of the mind to identity to free will. In each class, we spend some time talking about the students' experiences in their pre-college classrooms, and then spend most of the remaining time doing a philosophy lesson that can be done in a K-12 classroom. The seminar students are from around the university and include philosophy majors, education students, and others. It's gratifying to see college students excited about introducing philosophy to pre-college students!

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