Philosophy Bakes Bread Radio Show — Philosophy for Children

Published 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 Young

Published 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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Teach Kids Philosophy, It Makes Them Better at Math

Published 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 it

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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 said

Published 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 Kids

Published 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 Philosophy

Published 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 Child

Published 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 Children

Published 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-Yourself

Published 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 think

Published 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 28

Published 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 act

Published 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 Them

Published 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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The benefits of teaching philosophical inquiry to kids.

Published On: June 8, 2014
Excerpt: An interview with Director Jana Mohr Lone on Philosophy Talk radio.
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Innovators Among Us: Preparing Students for Life after Graduation

Published 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 Competition

Published 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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UW philosophers help small children ponder life’s big questions

Published On: March 13, 2014
Excerpt: Most people think of philosophy as a subject for college, not kindergarten. But University of Washington philosopher Jana Mohr Lone believes young children benefit just as much from discussing big questions about life.
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At Seattle Elementary, Philosopher Helps Kids Explore The ‘Why’ Questions

Published On: February 18, 2014
Excerpt: Students at Seattle's John Muir Elementary School are trying to answer life's big questions. Along with reading and math, the school's curriculum includes philosophy.
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High-School Ethics Bowl a First for Washington State

Published On: February 1, 2014
Excerpt: In the first Washington State High School Ethics Bowl, 100 students spent their Saturday discussing topics from the legalization of marijuana to forgiving political sex scandals to supporting research on genetically engineered meat.
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Someone You Should Know: Jana Mohr Lone

Published On: November 24, 2013
Excerpt: Jana Mohr Lone doesn't have answers for kids, just many questions. As the founder and director of the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children, she is committed to bring philosophy into young people's lives.
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Experts: ‘Selfie syndrome’ not necessarily narcissistic

Published On: October 23, 2013
Excerpt: A lot of young people seem to be obsessed with taking pictures of themselves and posting it to Instagram and Facebook. But some experts say, it doesn't mean they're narcissistic or vain - in fact, it's perfectly normal.
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Philosopher in Residence Program Teaches Kids to Question

Published On: October 14, 2013
Excerpt: On a Wednesday afternoon, Ms. DiJulio’s second grade class settled into their places on the rug for a session in philosophy: the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence.
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Are the humanities really in decline?

Published On: July 14, 2013
Excerpt: The Heart of the Matter” attempts to further the conversation about the importance of humanities. The report “calls on parents, teachers, scholars, the media and the public at-large to join a cohesive and constructive national discussion of these issues.” We spoke with several academics in an attempt to do just that.
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SheSource Online Braintrust

Published On: July 1, 2013
Excerpt: SheSource is an online braintrust of female experts on diverse topics designed to serve journalists, producers and bookers who need female guests and sources.
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Encouraging critical thinking in K-12 schools

Published On: May 30, 2013
Excerpt: Are thoughts real? When professor Jana Mohr Lone's four-year-old son started asking such questions, it prompted her to consider how critical thinking and dialogical skills are taught to young children.
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Philosophy and Children: The Art of Questioning

Published On: May 11, 2013
Excerpt: Almost all very young children are alive with questions; they seem to naturally recognize that this is the way to investigate and understand the world. At some point, however, most children absorb the message that questions are often not particularly welcome. They learn that having a question means that there is something they should have already grasped but have not.
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Raising a Philosophical Child

Published On: January 24, 2013
Excerpt: Children grow up full of questions and wrestle with deep, thoughtful issues—What does it mean to be good? Why do people die? Who am I? That's natural, says Jana Mohr Lone, director of the UW's Center for Philosophy for Children and faculty at the University of Washington's Department of Philosophy, because to mature emotionally, kids must develop their desire and ability to think abstractly about themselves and their experiences. But as parents, how do we answer those questions?
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‘The Philosophical Child’: A book for when your child asks, ‘Why are we here?’

Published On: January 8, 2013
Excerpt: Children are natural philosophers, says Jana Mohr Lone of the University of Washington Department of Philosophy. Lone, an affiliate faculty member and director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, says she wrote her new book, “The Philosophical Child,” to help parents, teachers and other adults conduct conversations with children about life’s mysteries.
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Philosophy Talk Radio Show on Philosophy for Children

Published On: December 23, 2012
Excerpt: Given their innocent approach to things, do children make good philosophers? Or do they lack the equipment for clear-thinking? Is exposure to philosophy good for children?
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NW Books: Parenting advice on philosophical questions

Published On: November 20, 2012
Excerpt: “The Philosophical Child” by Jana Mohr Lone (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $32.95). University of Washington’s Jana Mohr Lone, director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, gives her advice to parents on how to approach philosophical questions with children. The book offers guidance on answering abstract questions such as “What is happiness?” and “What does it mean to be real?”
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UW|360 – November 2011: Philosophy for Children

Published On: November 1, 2011
Excerpt: Professor Jana Mohr Lone, founder of the University of Washington's Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, brings philosophy lessons to Seattle public school students in K-12 classrooms.
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But Why? Raising kids who think

Published On: September 15, 2011
Excerpt: Children have the capaciry to boggle the brain of even the most intelligent adult. If something like, "Why's lying so bad?" doesn't give you pausee, "Do I have to tell the truth, if the truth isn't nice?"just might.
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TEDxOverlake – Dr. Sara Goering – Philosophy for Kids: Sparking a Love of Learning

Published On: June 1, 2011
Excerpt: Dr. Sara Goering is part of a regular UW class that sends undergraduate students into the Seattle public schools to lead weekly philosophy discussions with K-12 students.
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Teaching Philosophy To Kids

Published On: January 20, 2011
Excerpt: Jana Mohr–Lone is the founder of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, and she teaches philosophy to kids. She's also a professor at the University of Washington. She'll tell us how kids can understand and use philosophy.
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Fourth Grade Philosophers Hit the Airwaves

Published On: November 15, 2010
Excerpt: For 15 years, Jana Mohr-Lone (PhD, '96) has guided philosophical discussions of everything from art to happiness in K-12 classrooms. Now the rest of us can hear one of those discussions on Philosophy Talk, an hour-long radio program.
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Why Study Philosophy?

Published On: March 15, 2010
Excerpt: The United States is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't require high school students to take philosophy, so the subject is often a mystery to students. But most of us actually start asking philosophical questions early on.
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