Links to interesting sites and resources for philosophy with young people
PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization)PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) advocates and supports introducing philosophy to K-12 students through programs, resource-sharing and the development of a national network of those working in pre-college philosophy. PLATO promotes philosophy classes for all K-12 students, including those in classrooms least likely to have access to academic enrichment programs. Bringing together the education and philosophy communities, PLATO celebrates diversity within the philosophy classroom and endorses a wide variety of philosophical approaches and methods.
Visit Website: https://plato-philosophy.org/
Questions: Philosophy for Young PeopleQuestions, the official journal of PLATO, is a peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored in part by the American Philosophical Association, the Philosophy Documentation Center, Michigan State University, and the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children. Questions publishes the work of K-12 students interested in philosophical issues, including stories, essays, poems, photographs, and drawings. The journal also publishes articles by scholars and teachers, including lesson plans (which can contain descriptions/transcriptions of student responses), redefined or modified classic thought experiments, transcripts of philosophy discussions, book reviews, and more.
Visit Website: https://www.questionsjournal.org/
P4C.comP4C.com is a co-operative providing resources and advice on philosophy for children. They have recently started a free parents' section with ideas for philosophizing with children outside school.
Visit Website: https://p4c.com
Thinking in Stories: Reviewing Philosophy in Children’s LiteratureThinking in Stories is a weblog comprising posts summarizing popular children’s stores with reflections on how they raise philosophical questions intriguing to adults and children alike—questions that invite playfully serious, inter-generational dialogue. Thinking in Stories began in 1979 as a column written by the late American Philosopher Gareth B. Matthews for Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children. Matthews invented the now robust field of philosophy in children’s literature in the early 1970s and was invited by Matthew Lipman to produce the column as the sole contributing editor to the journal. Matthews wrote 58 reviews of children’s books and stories for Thinking in Stories between 1979 and 2006. On his retirement, the column was continued by Dr. Peter Shea, through 2014. With support from Montclair State’s College of Education and Human Services, the column has been recreated as a weblog, and with support from the College’s Department of Educational Foundations, reading levels have been indicated for the titles reviewed.
Visit Website: https://www.montclair.edu/iapc/thinking-in-stories/
Teaching Children PhilosophyTeaching Children Philosophy features two different projects: book modules to use in teaching philosophy to children using children's literature. There are philosophical introductions and question sets for over 50 children's books. a college course in which undergraduates teach philosophy in elementary schools. All the different materials necessary to teach the course are posted on the web. Also contains useful advice for school teachers.
Visit Website: https://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/
The Kids Philosophy SlamA program designed to make philosophy accessible and fun for kids of all ages and abilities, to promote a philosophical dialog between kids and adults, and to promote a greater awareness of philosophy and education in everyday life.
Visit Website: https://www.philosophyslam.org/
Philosophy & The Enquiring ChildPhilosophy for Children, School Council and Context Drama play an important role at Tuckswood School. The aim of this section is to promote these ideas and to link with other schools and organisations interested in developing them further.
Visit Website: https://www.creative-corner.co.uk/schools/tuckswood_archive/Philosophy/index.html
Philosophy for Children in the BorderlandsThis bilingual website is part of a broader project called "Philosophy for Children in the Mexico-US Borderlands." Hosted by the UTEP Department of Philosophy, this is an initiative dedicated to promoting philosophical dialogue for children and youth in the El Paso area. The program involves collaboration between local teachers, UTEP students and professors, as well as several dedicated community partners, and includes Spanish translations of some of the Center's materials.
Visit Website: https://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=75257
Squire Family FoundationSquire Family Foundation promotes ethics education awareness based on the belief that studying ethics is important in that it teaches us not what to think but rather how to think: that is, to critically and systematically examine and reflect on our beliefs so that we can act responsibly. The site features information about organizations devoted to the teaching of ethics and philosophy; university-based ethics centers, all of which sponsor innovative outreach initiatives within their communities; ethics in the media; books and journals; curricular material for teachers, and sites for students interested in ethics.
Visit Website: https://www.squirefoundation.org/
Wi-Phi – Open Access PhilosophyWi-Phi's mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible to people with no background in the subject.
Visit Website: https://wi-phi.com
American Philosophical Association Committee on Pre-College Instruction in PhilosophyThe Committee oversees activities related to the teaching of philosophy at the pre-college level and initiates efforts to encourage and improve teaching at this level. It facilitates cooperation between philosophers, teachers, and educational administrators in planning and evaluating instructional programs and requirements for the training and certification of teachers in areas relating to philosophy. The Committee also collects and disseminates information on existing programs and instructional materials.
Visit Website: https://www.apaonline.org/members/group.aspx?id=110440
Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for ChildrenRecognized by the American Philosophical Association for excellence and innovation, the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children provides curriculum materials for engaging young people (pre-school through high school) in philosophical inquiry and provides teacher preparation in the pedagogy of the classroom community of inquiry. The IAPC also conducts research in teaching pre-college philosophy and the uses of philosophy for educational objectives.
Visit Website: https://cehs.montclair.edu/academic/iapc/