Penn’s Project for Philosophy for the Young


Advancing Philosophy Education in the Philadelphia Region

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New P4Y Materials Added!

New Materials Added   We have been uploading more activities and lesson plans to the site. They can be found in the “Materials” tab on the main menu.  The middle school section now has a growing number of the philosophy club activities and lessons we have used in recent years.  In addition to an outline of the lessons and the handouts we created, each document includes a philosophical background discussion and reading suggestions which may be helpful to instructors/facilitators. The high school section has several different...

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The Second Philadelphia High School Ethics Bowl

Report from the Second Philly High School Ethics Bowl   The second Philadelphia Regional High School Ethics Bowl took place on Saturday, January 23, 2021. This year’s participants overcame obstacles to prepare for a intensive collaborative investigation of extremely topical ethical issues. While fewer teams were able to participate this year, the online event was a great success. The students were insightful and enthusiastic, and with the help of the organizers, coaches, judges and moderators, made this a memorable achievement...

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Recent Teacher Collaboration: Lesson Plans and More

Philosophy and Critical Thinking in English Language Arts -  ReadyGen and Beyond, Grades 3-5:    We were fortunate to be able to collaborate with Philadelphia School District teachers on a project to create lesson plans that explore philosophy and critical thinking. Specifically, we worked with several third, fourth and fifth-grade teachers enrolled in a Teachers Institute of Philadelphia course hosted at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2019. Following lectures and discussion on philosophical topics, the teachers...

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Thank You to Our Supporters!

  We wish to thank PLATO, the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization, for a recent grant. We are also grateful recipients of a grant from the Penn School of Arts and Sciences’  Making a Difference in Diverse Communities Initiative.   We also thank the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the Graduate School of Education, the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia, the Penn Carey Law School, and the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy for their support.

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