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Center for Philosophy for Children | University of Washington
About UsAcquiring confidence in their perspectives and skill at expressing their views can make a real difference in children’s abilities to direct their lives. When children are introduced to philosophy, they learn to trust their own ideas and questions. It is an intellectual adventure for young people to discuss in a structured classroom environment the deep questions that matter to them, and students learn to appreciate that there are many ways to understand the world and that their own contributions are uniquely valuable.
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.