Please Join Us for a Discussion on Improving Critical Thinking, Discussion, and Logical Reasoning Skills with Philosophy for Children With Debi Talukdar

With Debi Talukdar

How can teachers prepare students to be thoughtful citizens living in a complicated world? Join Debi Talukdar of PLATO for this one-hour inquiry into creating an open environment for examining difficult topics thoughtfully and imaginatively. “Opportunities to discuss and reflect about larger philosophical issues provides an essential foundation for the ability to engage in society in active and responsible ways,” says Debi. “Far from telling students what to think, philosophical inquiry encourages students to develop independent thinking skills, learn together with their peers, and develop their own conclusions.” In “communities of inquiry,” students and teachers inquire together. Students generate their own questions about issues relevant to their lives and learn to give good reasons for their beliefs. Every student’s voice is valued and all views are taken seriously.

Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO)

MCS Teachers who participate in the session and complete a survey will receive a $62.50 stipend.

DATE: Thursday, April 18
TIME: 4:15-5:15 p.m. REGISTER HERE
WHERE: On Zoom


Students who engage with philosophy “perform better on tests that measure problem-solving skills, and once in college, receive some of the highest scores on tests including the GMAT, LSAT, and GRE, and demonstrate an increased likelihood to participate in civic engagement projects” says Dr. Sarah Vitale, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ball State University. “At the same time as students develop intellectual humility, they gain positive self-esteem, which is a mature confidence in one’s ability. Many studies have connected studying philosophy to socio-emotional growth, independent thinking, and positive self-esteem in children and adolescents.”