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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch



Books and resources about philosophy, religion, etc.

By Anthony Tiatorio

This site houses two workbooks and supporting teacher materials for teching students in grades 7 through 12 ethics. The workbooks are free and available on line. They offer a subjective and secular history of ideas and thought. They present ways to embed ethics instruction into standard world and American history programs.

The workbooks, and the accompanying teacher's guides, may be printed and duplicated by individual teachers for use with their classes. Supplementary active student involvement strategies developed by practicing teachers to implement ideas in the Ethics Workbooks are also posted and are free to use.

The first workbook begins with Socrates, and takes readers through the evolution and development of ethical thought. It includes both eastern and Eastern Philosophies, but the inclusion of Eastern philosophies really creates a greater understanding of western history. It is also organized into units, so you can choose the ones that are most appropriate for your needs.

WEB LINK: http://www.ethicsineducation.com/

Hi-Phi Essay Contest
By University of Virginia

A yearly contest open to high-school-aged students. Each student's submission must be accompanied by a signed form filled out by a teacher, counselor, or administrator at their school, verifying that the submission is appropriate for this contest. All submissions should typed, double-spaced, and no more than 5,000 words.

WEB LINK: http://high-phi.org/essay-contest/

Kids Philosophy Slam Contest
The Kids Philosophy Slam is designed to make philosophy accessible and fun for kids of all ages (K-12) and abilities, to promote a philosophical dialogue between kids and adults, and to promote a greater awareness of philosophy and education in everyday life.

Over $3,000 in prizes are available to students & schools.

Home school participation as well as international participation is encouraged -- the fee to enroll is only $2 (schools pay $25).

You can sign up for regular email notifications, submit your student to be the "philosopher of the week," and learn more about the contest at weblink.

WEB LINK: http://www.philosophyslam.org/index.html

Philosophy for Kids
By David A. White, Ph. D.

A wonderful book that will help introduce some of the great thinkers over the ages. This book is a great way to open dialogues with your child about some of life's big questions. Subtitled: 40 Fun Quesitons that Help You Wonder...About Everything.

Topics include:

  • How do you know who your friends are?
  • Will having fun make you happier than studying?
  • Should you ever tell a lie?
  • How can you tell when you know something?
  • Can you lie to yourself?
  • Do you have free will?
  • If many people think something is true, is it true?

    Philosophers come from across the ages: Aristotle, Confucius, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Maimonides, John Stuart Mill, Martin Luther King Jr. and many others.

    Each topic discusses the main questions related to the topic, what a great thinker's view of the topic was, and extra questions or exercises you can do to explore the topic or deepen your thinking on the topic. We use this book in conjunction with some of our logic studies.
    Recommended for middle school and up, unless you have a youngster who ponders life's big questions.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1882664701?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=18826

  • Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy
    By Jostein Gaarder

    This book is a wonderful way to explore philosophy. Many of the major philosophers and their beliefs are discussed -- from the Greeks (Aristotle & Democritus) to the modern era (Sartre & Marx).

    From a book review:
    Wanting to understand the most fundamental questions of the universe isn't the province of ivory-tower intellectuals alone, as this book's enormous popularity has demonstrated. A young girl, Sophie, becomes embroiled in a discussion of philosophy with a faceless correspondent. At the same time, she must unravel a mystery involving another young girl, Hilde, by using everything she's learning. The truth is far more complicated than she could ever have imagined.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374530718?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=03745

    The Examined Life
    By David A. White, Ph.D.

    This book is a wonderful resource for older children (high school). It offers a series of discussions inspired by the Socratic method, reflections, and activities. Subtitled Advanced Philosophy for Kids, this book contains primary source material and full examinations of topics requiring the user to penetrate deeply (i.e. deeper than the other book by this author, Philosophy for Kids).

    Philosophers discussed in this book include Aristotle, St. Augustine, Plato, Thomas Aquinas, Jean-Paul Satre, Martin Luther King Jr., and others.

    A great resource for discussions and debate with older children.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593630085?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=15936

    The Story of Philosophy
    By Bryan Magee

    A Dorling-Kindersley publication. This nice volume walks through history and highlights each of the main philosophers of the age. The chapters cover:
  • The Greeks and Their World,
  • Christianity and Philosophy,
  • The Beginnings of Modern Science,
  • The Great Rationalists,
  • The Great Empiricists,
  • Revolutionary French Thinkers,
  • A Golden Century of German Philosophy,
  • Democracy and Philosophy, and
  • 20th-Century Philosophy.

    The text is profusely illustrated with numerous full-color reproductions of artwork and photographs of historical sites; sidebars introduce additional people and ideas and "Key Works" of the philosophers are listed in light-blue boxes. Writing with a clear and lively style, Magee provides an excellent introduction to the topic.

    A great addition to any study of history. A great topic to add to enhance a subsequent run through of the history cycle.
    For ages 12+.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/078947994X?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=07894


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