Links to interesting sites about philosophy for young people:PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization)
PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) advocates and supports introducing philosophy to K-12 students through programs, resource-sharing and the development of a national network of those working in pre-college philosophy. PLATO promotes philosophy classes for all K-12 students, including those in classrooms least likely to have access to academic enrichment programs. Bringing together the education and philosophy communities, PLATO celebrates diversity within the philosophy classroom and endorses a wide variety of philosophical approaches and methods.
Questions: Philosophy for Young People
Questions, the official journal of PLATO, is a peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored in part by the American Philosophical Association, the Philosophy Documentation Center, Michigan State University, and the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children. Questions publishes the work of K-12 students interested in philosophical issues, including stories, essays, poems, photographs, and drawings. The journal also publishes articles by scholars and teachers, including lesson plans (which can contain descriptions/transcriptions of student responses), redefined or modified classic thought experiments, transcripts of philosophy discussions, book reviews, and more.
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."
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."
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."
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.
Wi-Phi – Open Access Philosophy
Wi-Phi's mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible to people with no background in the subject.
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.
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.