018: Ep14 – BC1 – How to Begin Philosophy with Children

Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast

This fourteenth episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast is a special new edition of the show. It’s the first of what we are calling a “Breadcrumb.” A Breadcrumb is a short, 8-15 minute episode that was cut off from a longer show, or that’s a collage of little clips. We may occasionally also record short Breadcrumb episode to have a little more time for a proper “You Tell Me” segment, in which we get to reply substantively to listener feedback. This first Breadcrumb centers on questions that Dr. Anthony Cashio really wanted to add after our interview with Dr. Jana Mohr Lone, especially about how one can get started teaching philosophy to children.

Breadcrumbs on a wooden table, beside a French baguette (French bread).

Dr. Jana Mohr LoneRecall that Dr. Lone is the Director and founder of the University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children. The Center brings philosophers and students trained in philosophy into K-12 public school classrooms to facilitate philosophy classes. She is also the author of The Philosophical Child, which explores ways that parents and other adults can stimulate philosophical conversations about children’s questions, co-author of Philosophy in Education: Questioning and Dialogue in Schools, and co-editor of Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People, which examines various issues involved in teaching philosophy to young people.

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  1. In this episode, Dr. Lone mentions the story of Gyges’s Ring. It is a story that asks what you would do if you could get away with anything. She mentions a resources available to help introduce the story to children. That resource is available on the Web site of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (P.L.A.T.O.) here: http://www.plato-philosophy.org/teachertoolkit/justice-and-utopia/.
  2. The homepage of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (P.L.A.T.O.) is here: http://www.plato-philosophy.org/.

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