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7 Values to Teach Your Child By Age 10Published On: December 2, 2020
Excerpt: There are certain values we'd love for our kids to have. But how do we go about teaching them? Experts offer ways to instill important values as they grow.
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Holding Ethics Conversations With Your ScoutsPublished On: November 10, 2020
Excerpt: Your Scouts can recite the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their sleep, but can they apply those timeless values when they face tough decisions?
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Episode 3 – Jana Mohr Lone – Philosophy for ChildrenPublished On: September 1, 2020
Excerpt: In Limbo is a space dedicated to exploring the philosophical dimensions of pandemic situation. Our hope is to offer a series of conversations that throw light on the numerous ways in which different philosophical domains receive and study the pandemic.
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What Is Freedom? Teaching Kids Philosophy in a PandemicPublished On: June 25, 2020
Excerpt: Thinking about big questions empowers children to feel more confident about the value of their own ideas, teachers say.
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Why are kids asking such big questions during the pandemic?Published On: May 4, 2020
Excerpt: Talking with kids about what they are thinking without always feeling compelled to offer answers can help them explore their own concerns and ideas.
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How UW is helping children grapple with big philosophical questions during COVID-19Published On: April 30, 2020
Excerpt: This month, the Center released a guide for parents on how to navigate questions their youngsters may be having during the pandemic. The document covers topics like fear, loneliness, boredom, and death, and includes books and videos that may stoke philosophical discussion.
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UW Center for Philosophy for Children helps families explore ‘big questions’ around COVID-19Published On: April 15, 2020
Excerpt: Recent weeks have seen events that are affecting people of all ages. The UW Center for Philosophy for Children is offering materials to help families broach big questions and feelings that may be surfacing as kids experience the current realities of sickness and isolation.
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When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Don’t Be Afraid to Lean inPublished On: January 6, 2020
Excerpt: The director of the UW Center for Philosophy for Children encourages families to embrace kids’ deep questions, uncomfortable as it may be.
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What Would You Do?Published On: November 13, 2019
Excerpt: You’re invited to a party. Your friend isn’t. Should you go? This problem is what is known as a moral dilemma—a tough situation in which the right thing to do isn’t clear.
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Philosophy Is for Everyone, Debi Talukdar – TEDxUofWPublished On: July 23, 2019
Excerpt: Debi Talukdar, philosopher-in-residence at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School and former Philosophy for Children Graduate Fellow, describes her experiences having philosophical conversations with children. She discusses children’s ability to ask profound questions and relates some of their philosophical insights and perspectives.
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What Students Gain From Learning Ethics in SchoolPublished On: May 24, 2019
Excerpt: Bringing ethics education into schools benefits students in a variety of ways.
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Saigon International School Professional Development ConferencePublished On: April 29, 2019
Excerpt: Jana Mohr Lone gave the keynote address at the Saigon International School's Professional Development Conference on November 16, 2018, discussing the importance of questioning and philosophical inquiry in schools.
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Philosophy for Children: Reclaiming the Discipline Outside of Higher EducationPublished On: April 19, 2019
Excerpt: Colorado College concluded this year’s Philosophy Colloquium Talks with a lecture from Dr. Jana Mohr Lone on March 28.
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UW Creates Certificate of Mastery in Philosophy for ChildrenPublished On: April 12, 2019
Excerpt: The Center for Philosophy for Children at the University of Washington is now offering a Certificate of Mastery in Philosophy for Children.
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How to win at civil debatePublished On: April 10, 2019
Excerpt: For an American teenager today, there are precious few examples of positive, collaborative civil discourse in online media or the entertainment industry. But for motivated high school students in Seattle, there’s the High School Ethics Bowl, a six-year-old competition sponsored by the University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children.
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Alone Together: Sound Effect, Episode 171Published On: March 5, 2019
Excerpt: Center director Jana Mohr Lone takes a deeper look at a Frog and Toad story and its philosophical implications on the podcast Sound Effect.
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CONGRATULATIONS! State championship for Chief Sealth International High School Ethics Bowl TeamPublished On: February 12, 2019
Excerpt: Congratulations to the Chief Sealth International High School Ethics Bowl Team, which just won the state championship! Their proud coach, social-studies teacher Matthew Baudhuin, sent the news and photos.
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In Polarized Times, the Ethics Bowl Embraces the Gray AreasPublished On: March 10, 2018
Excerpt: There are times in life when the answers aren't black and white. Your friend is getting married, and asks you to be best man--but you don't approve of his fiancee. Should you speak up about your reservations? Should you be quiet and agree to be best man?
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Playdough to PlatoPublished On: March 3, 2018
Excerpt: Center-led classroom philosophy discussions are tinged with the flavors of Descartes, Confucius, and Kant, and have recently covered topics such as race, human rights and fairness. “Because they are so new to the world,” says Jana Mohr Lone, “children really wonder a lot. Often they’re asking what we think of as philosophical questions without the context of these thousands of-years-old conversations.”
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No Narrow Thing podcast – Episode 10 Philosophy for Children with Jana Mohr LonePublished On: January 3, 2018
Excerpt: Center director Jana Mohr Lone discusses philosophy for children: What does a philosophical education for children look like? How might the world change if everyone was a little more philosophical? How do you navigate difficult topics like violence and religion with children?
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Can we (Or Should We) Teach Children Philosophy? with Jana Mohr LonePublished On: December 29, 2017
Excerpt: The questions we tackle today are: “Do you have to be a grownup to study those questions? Can kids think about them? Should kids think about them?” Plug in and listen as we discuss how teaching kids philosophy could impact the entire world.
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Playdoh’s Republic: Children as Natural PhilosophersPublished On: December 19, 2017
Excerpt: Why were we born? Is life just a dream? What makes something wrong or right? Children often ask questions like these — sometimes to the exasperation of their parents. But children really want to know why the world is the way it is. And they want to know how we know. Maybe that's because they're open, curious and inquisitive — they're natural philosophers. In this episode of IDEAS, the Big Questions — and even some attempted answers.
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Philosophy Bakes Bread Radio Show — Philosophy for ChildrenPublished On: April 17, 2017
Excerpt: In this thirteenth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, co-hosts Dr. Anthony Cashio and Dr. Eric Thomas Weber interview Dr. Jana Mohr Lone of the University of Washington on the topic of philosophy for children.
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Why Not Ask Why?: Fostering Philosophical Questions in the YoungPublished On: April 7, 2017
Excerpt: By and large, today philosophy is not part of the standard American educational curriculum. It is generally regarded as one item in a long list of specialized academic disciplines which intellectually-minded people pursue, but which are of limited interest to the non-specialist.
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How Do We Talk to Our Kids about Political Issues that are Stressing Us Out?Published On: April 1, 2017
Excerpt: No matter where we fall on the issues, our kids are bound to pick up on our agitation. How can we alleviate their fears while still being truthful? And just how upfront should we be? Local experts offer some guidelines for parents to help our children understand the world and offer some reassurance.
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Lt. Governor Dives into Complex Issues with High School Ethics Bowl ChampionsPublished On: March 16, 2017
Excerpt: All topics were fair game for debate on Thursday, when Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib met with Washington’s 2017 High School Ethics Bowl champions. Students from first-place finisher Seattle Academy, as well as award winners Chief Sealth High School and Rainier Beach High School, stopped by the lieutenant governor’s office to debate various ethical perspectives on a multitude of complicated subjects.
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Teach Kids Philosophy, It Makes Them Better at MathPublished On: January 3, 2017
Excerpt: The nature of truth. Theories of fairness. The essence of bullying. These are big, weighty subjects, and apparently 9- and 10-year-olds just eat them up. As in, according to a Quartz piece by Jenny Anderson, placing grade-schoolers in weekly philosophical discussions has surprising effects on their academic performance.
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UW philosophers explore racial inequity with young students who are living itPublished On:
Excerpt: A long-running philosophers in schools program has focused on racial inequity and social justice issues at a campus with clear divisions between race and class.
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A grade-school philosophy teacher shares the most profound things kids have ever saidPublished On: September 27, 2016
Excerpt: As a philosophy teacher to grade-school students, Jana Mohr Lone is no stranger to getting her mind blown.
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Schools Aren’t Teaching the Most Important Subject for KidsPublished On: August 27, 2016
Excerpt: Not too long ago, Jana Mohr Lone was at an education workshop in her hometown of Seattle when someone gave her a note.
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Schools are Finally Starting to Teach Kids PhilosophyPublished On: March 10, 2016
Excerpt: Schools are generally taught to teach kids what to think, but what if they taught them how to think instead?
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The Philosophical ChildPublished On: February 19, 2016
Excerpt: From time to time, we all ponder life’s most difficult questions. “Is there a god?” “How can I live a good life?” “What happens when you die?”
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Dear Moms & Dads: Stop Underestimating Your ChildrenPublished On: November 13, 2015
Excerpt: The room was filled with parents eager to hear what Dr. Jana Lone, director for the Center for Philosophy for Children, had to say about understanding their philosophical children.
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Do-It-YourselfPublished On: September 26, 2015
Excerpt: Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.
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Schools are starting to teach kids philosophy – and it’s completely changing the way students thinkPublished On: July 31, 2015
Excerpt: America may be great at many things, but education isn't one of them. It's here that standardized testing creeps behind students like a shadow and where fun experiments take a back seat to rote memorization.
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Someone Saved My Life: Sound Effect, Episode 28Published On: July 18, 2015
Excerpt: Jana Mohr Lone is the Director of the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children. She explains to Gabriel Spitzer how the book “Four Feet, Two Sandals” reveals the dilemmas of saving lives and poses questions about how we value one another.
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How you talk to children about death – life’s final actPublished On: June 13, 2015
Excerpt: Jana Mohr Lone discusses engaging children in conversations about death on KPLU's Sound Effect
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12 Best Philosophical Picture Books for Kids – And How to Get the Most Out of ThemPublished On: March 27, 2015
Excerpt: Jana Mohr Lone list her 12 favorite picture books for inspiring philosophical conversation with children. Listening to stories being read aloud, an experience many of us had when we were children, is conducive to creating an open and relaxed atmosphere for thinking about deep and fundamental questions.
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Innovators Among Us: Preparing Students for Life after GraduationPublished On: May 13, 2014
Excerpt: Jana Mohr Lone and Sara Goering help UW students think deeply, from multiple perspectives, and with an open-minded spirit of inquiry. In turn, their UW students help K-12 children do the same.
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Ethics Takes Center Stage at CompetitionPublished On: March 19, 2014
Excerpt: Should college athletes be paid? To what extent should politicians’ sexual indiscretions be forgiven? Is it ethical to arm rebels in countries where we're not at war? These sorts of ethical questions have no easy answers, as high school students discovered at the first annual Washington State High School Ethics Bowl, held on the University of Washington campus in February.
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