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141. Questions: Philosophy for Young People: Volume > 7
John Zillmer Acting Out: Dramatizing ‘Jim and the Indians’
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Zillmer shows the benefits of having children act out situations as a way of sparking discussions with 7th and 8th graders in a philosophy class. He writes about an example from his class called "Jim and the Indians."
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Rory E. Kraft, Jr. Does Virtue Require an Audience?: Recasting Plato’s “Ring of Gyges” for Different Ages
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The classic examples and stories that we use for college students can be used as the basis for classroom discussions at pre-college students' levels. This means occasionally simplifying a story, but with only slight effort the same sorts of questions can be used across all ages to get at the same underlying concerns.
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Ben Thompson Coping Without Free Will: An Examination into the Effects on a Belief System of the Rejection of Free Will
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Argues that acceptance of one’s place in the natural world involves an acceptance of free will. Free will is also necessary for the continuation of a social society in that we need to accept the doctrine in order to administer justice.
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Kids Philosopy Slam
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Elizabeth Gyori Philosophy as a Threat to Government
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Examination of the subversive nature of philosophy as its students challenge the authority and practices of government agencies and organizations. Draws a series of connections between philosophically oriented protesters and questioners of authority ranging from Socrates to 2004 protesters at the U.S. Republican party’s presidential convention in 2004.
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Review List
147. Questions: Philosophy for Young People: Volume > 7
Cynthia Kepler Use of Philosophy in Children’s Literature: Alice and Her Adventures
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In the following Kepler suggests a number of different readings of Carroll’s Alice books that would be useful to those attempting to integrate philosophy into an existing curriculum.
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Finalists, 2007 Kids Philosophy Slam, High School
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Three winning essays by High School students on the question: “Compassion or Violence: Which has a greater impact on society?”
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Maryann Krikorian Life is a Journey . . .
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Reflective essay focusing on both a discussion of personal identity issues with ninth grade students and the(delayed) impact that a student contribution can have on philosophy teachers.
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Kayla Bruun Finalists, 2008 Kids Philosophy Slam, High School
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An argument for global warming and the consequent environmental changes from it as a solution for the problems of overpopulation and overconsumption of resources. A winning submission to the Philosophy Slam.
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Melissa Misenhimer Friendship
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Reflective essay focusing on a discussion of friendship with a group of fourth grade students. Includes a brief discussion of a learning game that focuses on the problems of listening to others.
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Debbie Whittaker Philosophy in Schools: The Cal-State, Long Beach Program
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Description of the Center for the Advancement of Philosophy in the Schools (CAPS) program at California State University, Long Beach. The program places undergraduate philosophy students in area schools to lead pre-college students in various philosophical learning activities.
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Melissa Tellez What is Real?
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Reflective essay focusing on a discussion with third grade students over the nature of observation on determining if something is real or fantasy. The problems of illusions, specifically magic tricks, is a central issue in the discussion.
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About the Contributors
155. Questions: Philosophy for Young People: Volume > 8
Brandon T. Minnis Personal Identity
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Reflective essay focusing on a discussion of personal identity issues with ninth grade students.
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Kids Philosophy Slam
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Cho-Kiu Lam Beauty
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Philosophical poem which questions various understandings of beauty.
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Roger Vasquez Epistemology and External World Skepticism
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Pedagogical description and reflection upon an activity focusing on the use of a questioning game to display epistemological uncertainty and the impact of a possible Cartesian evil demon on the game’s players’ ability to come to have knowledge.
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Roger Vasquez Epistemology and External World Skepticism (continued)
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Rory E. Kraft, Jr., Alison Reiheld From the Editors