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On this page you will find the latest news and resources on pre-college philosophy education. We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions. Please email us at risraeloff@squirefoundation.org.

How to Talk to Kids About Donald Trump
In USA Today, Squire Foundation Executive Director Roberta Israeloff writes: “For a more civil political conversation, turn down the noise and turn to philosophy.”
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“Doing” Philosophy with Young Children
Jana Mohr Lone, director of the University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children, talks about “doing” philosophy with young children – its rewards and challenges.

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Learning from Ethicists
Learn how ethics is taught at leading institutions from this recent study of philosophy departments and professional programs, compiled by Dr. Tom Cooper of Emerson College.

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The 3rd Annual Long Island High School Philosophy Conference
This conference will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at the Stony Brook School.

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Big Ideas for Little Kids – Winner of 2015 Regional Emmy Award
Squire grantee, Mt. Holyoke College philosophy professor Thomas Wartenberg is featured in this award-winning PBS documentary.

Third Biennial PLATO Conference
“Inquiry and Equity”
Jonathan Kozol, Keynote Speaker
June 29-30, 2015
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

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University of Oregon: School of Thought
Fourth graders find their inner philosopher, with the help of University of Oregon undergraduates

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UC Irvine: Bringing Philosophy To Elementary School
Philosophy in elementary school in Irvine, California.

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Moral Literacy and Ethical Leadership Conference
Hosted by Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute
October 2015

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APA’s Committee on Pre-college Instruction in Philosophy Updates

Eastern Division meeting – Philadelphia PA, Dec. 27-30, 2014:  “Let’s Stop Kidding Around:  Pre-college Philosophy and Diversity in the Profession”

Deborah Tollefsen – chair; speakers include Luvell Anderson, Marisol Brito, Michael Burroughs, Gina Schouten and John Torrey

Central Division meeting – St. Louis MO, Feb. 18-21, 2015 – Call for Panelists

The committee is looking for panelists with academic experience inphilosophy presently teaching at the secondary level who can share their experiences with philosophy graduate students. If you would like to participate, please send by email a brief academic biography and a short statement of interest to Renee Smith rsmith@coastal.edu by July 15, 2014.

Moving beyond the HS Ethics Bowl: Philosophy in High School

Preparing students for an ethics bowl can help pave the way for ethics and philosophy classes in high school, says Mark Doorley, Villanova philosophy professor and organizer of the Philadelphia-area High School Ethics Bowl.
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Inaugural National High School Ethics Bowl
Sixteen teams from across the country participated in an exciting two-day event at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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Reading, writing, arithmetic – and philosophy: they’re all basic skills.
Far from a ‘ridiculous pursuit,’ philosophy underpins reading, writing and arithmetic. It should be taught as a basic skill.
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New Center for Philosophy for Young Students Launched at University of Chicago 
Winning Words, a project of the Civic Knowledge program, launched a new center to coordinate philosophy with young students initiatives.
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Ethical Parenting: Is there such a thing? Just ask your children.
Parenthood, like war, is a state in which it’s impossible to be moral. Worse, the moral weakness of parents is always on display, for children bear witness to their incessant ethical hairsplitting.
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Becoming a “professional human being.”
Studying philosophy prepares us for life, and should start in childhood, says Montaigne.
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Best Majors for GRE Scores in 2013: Philosophy Dominates
American Physical Society’s Physics Central blog reports that future philosophy graduate students dominated the scoring of the verbal section of the GRE in 2013. The average philosophy student’s score on the verbal section was 84 percent, higher than all scores across all intended majors.
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