Links to interesting sites about philosophy for young people:PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization)
PLATO Is a national support and resource-sharing organization for teachers, parents, philosophers and others involved in teaching philosophy to pre-college students, sponsored by the American Philosophical Association's Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy. The website is loaded with resources for pre-college philosophy teachers.
Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children
Recognized 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.
Teaching Children Philosophy
Teaching 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.
Philosophy for Kids: University of Massachusetts
Prof. Gary Matthews: "Above all, I didn't want those kids to say to me at the end of the class, 'Now tell us what the answer is.' And, in fact, they never did that. I think that, by making the problem something that a child character in my story gave expression to, I encouraged them to think that the problem might have a solution, or at least some kind of resolution, they themselves were capable of coming up with."
"P4C.COM IS a co-operative providing resources and advice on philosophy for children mainly to teachers who already know something about it through courses or reading and are looking for further advice and resources."
The Kids Philosophy Slam
"[A] 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."
The Philosopher's Island
"We are a group of children aged 7-11. We have started meeting once a week to discuss philosophical problems. The problems we have been discussing this term have been based on the story of philosopher's Island."
Philosophy & The Enquiring Child
"Philosophy 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."
25 Timeless, Insightful Philosophers for Your Personal Development
Important thinkers have been revered throughout time. Whether it’s trying to figure out human nature, standing up for rights of others through logical discourse, or coming up with new ways to approach the world, their ability to think through issues and present them to society provides the rest of the world with a glimpse into a new, and often better, way of thinking. The following philosophers, listed in chronological order, offer something for you to discover if you are looking for self-improvement or even just a stimulating read.
Squire Family Foundation
Squire 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.
American Philosophical Association Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy
The 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.