“The Examined Life, Age 8 ”
By ABBY GOODNOUGH
The New York Times – April 8, 2010
THINKERS Second graders at a charter school in Springfield, Mass., discuss the moral issues raised in children’s books.
A few times each month, second graders at a charter school in Springfield, Mass., take time from math and reading to engage in philosophical debate. There is no mention of Hegel or Descartes, no study of syllogism or solipsism. Instead, Prof. Thomas E. Wartenberg and his undergraduate students from nearby Mount Holyoke College use classic children’s books to raise philosophical questions, which the young students then dissect with the vigor of the ancient Greeks…
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