The Squire Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, believes that all students in American elementary and secondary schools should have an opportunity to study philosophy in order to develop their ability to understand and evaluate their own beliefs and values, as well as those of others, so that they can become open-minded, respectful, thoughtful adults and responsible citizens.
Since 2007, SFF has been working with philosophers educators, and administrators to make this vision a reality.
Squire Foundation Initiatives
High School Ethics Bowls
An ethics bowl is similar to but more nuanced than debate. Although competitive, it fosters collaboration, critical thinking skills, civic engagement, and civil discourse. In addition to promoting the creation of more regional bowls, SFF works with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Parr Center for Ethics to sponsor the National High School Ethics Bowl (www.nhseb.unc.edu)
The Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (www.plato-philosophy.org) is dedicated to advocating for the introduction of philosophy into pre-college classrooms, educating K-12 teachers about how to do so, and connecting the educational and philosophy communities through programs, resource sharing, and the development of a national network. PLATO also sponsors a student essay contest and an award for a teacher’s best lesson in philosophy.
We work with philosophy departments at colleges and universities across the country to encourage professors and students, both graduate and undergraduate, to engage in activities that promote philosophy with schools in their areas.
The American Philosophical Association
SFF works closely with the APA’s Committee on Pre-college Instruction in Philosophy.
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
SFF works closely with PEIG (Pre-college Ethics Interest Group), and sponsors an annual essay prize.
The Squire Family Foundation is happy to work with many colleagues whose work – books, media, curricula – is featured here.
The majority of our grants support the work described above. SFF does not consider unsolicited grant proposals. For information about grants that have been made, click here.