Saturday, August 21, 2010

Philip Cam - Philosophy for Children (P4C)

Australia's Philip Cam is heavily inspired by New Jersey's "Father of Philosophy for Children" Matthew Lipman.  Much of our class was based on Cam's thinking and practical applications in the classroom.  The following video explains how philosophy works at the primary school level.  Our instructors explained that the same tools and techniques apply when we work with older children at the high school level.  Discussions can perhaps be more rich and deep, but the basic idea is the same.  These are the same ideas and structures we used in our own class, as adults, this summer.  The main idea is that philosophy is not just for university students.  We all think philosophically.  And students need to improve their ability to analyze and think critically.

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