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The Prindle Institute for Ethics, housed within DePauw University, exists to "inspire everyone to discuss the critical issues of our time in a deliberate way." "Everyone" includes children; after all, "discussing philosophy with children is a great way to improve their verbal skills," and their active listening. However, engaging young people in philosophical discussions requires a unique approach. With that in mind, the Teaching Children Philosophy portal was launched. This platform uses picture books and prompts to spark conversations about ethics. The site has several "book modules," some in English and some in Spanish, which include book summaries, multimedia tools, and discussion guidelines and questions. Wondering how to combine these individual lessons into cohesive units? Readers will find a couple of "sample syllabi" on the Resources tab (in the Educators and Parents section). The Resources section also has a submission tool for those interested in creating and sharing their own book module. Many of the modules on this site were created in partnership with Professor Thomas Wartenberg and his students at Mount Holyoke College. His innovative efforts were recognized in a PBS film, linked under the Documentary tab.
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October 23rd, 2020
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October 2nd, 2020 at 5:09pm
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October 19th, 2020 at 1:42pm
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