Who am I? Why am I here? What is a good life?
University of Washington’s 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.
“Once you get kids thinking about philosophical concepts, there is no limit and their new ways of thinking will impact every discipline of learning.”
“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."
“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.”
On Our Site
Over 80 lesson plans for using children's literature to introduce philosophy
Active games and exercises for engaging children in philosophy
Tips for successful pre-college philosophy sessions
The Philosophers in the Schools was featured on NPR.
First Washington State High School Ethics Bowl took place on Saturday, February 1, 2014!
First Seattle School District Philosopher-in-Residence Program began in fall 2013.
New resources for parents and grandparents!
Short documentary about the Oaxaca Philosophy for Children Initiative, founded by UW graduate student and Philosophy for Children Fellow Amy Reed-Sandoval and supported by the Center
Talk on Raising a Philosophical Child given by Jana Mohr Lone at Town Hall Seattle
TEDx talk on philosophy for children given by Program Director Sara Goering
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