University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children
is dedicated to introducing philosophy to K-12 students by using children’s books and activities to inspire exploration of life’s essential questions. Philosophy encourages young people to trust their own questions and ideas about the world, empowering them to think for themselves about the meaning of their experiences.
The Center’s “Philosophers in the Schools” program educates university students about ways to introduce philosophy in K-12 classrooms, and then sends these students into schools around Seattle, at no charge to the schools, to conduct philosophy sessions. The Center also runs workshops for teachers, parents and other interested adults about ways to facilitate philosophy discussions with young people.
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Over 100 lesson plans for using children's literature to introduce philosophy
“Once you get kids thinking about philosophical concepts, there is no limit and their new ways of thinking will impact every discipline of learning.”
- Librarian, John Muir Elementary School, Seattle
“There are so many different ways people think about things. That's what's great about philosophy, you realize that everyone sees things so differently."
- Fourth grade student at Whittier Elementary School, Seattle
“I have watched students who never participate in anything at school become excited and exuberant over the chance to express their ideas and ask their questions about why they are here, free will, the nature of illusion, consciousness, and their very existence.”
– Teacher at Nova High School, Seattle