Penn’s Project for Philosophy for the Young


Advancing Philosophy Education in the Philadelphia Region

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Successful Ethics Bowl Season

Another Successful Ethics Bowl Season   Penn P4Y hosted the third Philadelphia High School Ethics bowl (online) on January 29th. All of the participating high school teams did a wonderful job. As before, the bowl involves teams of students exchanging thoughtful and detailed evaluations of ethical issues. These are prompted by topical and often complex case studies (here is a link to the case set used this year). A team from Masterman high came in first place, while one from Palumbo was the runner-up. The Masterman team earned...

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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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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.