Philosophy is the foundation of critical thinking – the study of how to think. It teaches reasoning, problem solving, and logical analysis. So why isn’t philosophy, in an age-appropriate form, at the center of every child’s school experience?
Perhaps we are so accustomed to a learning-as-memorizing, intelligence-as-facts paradigm that we can’t imagine young people doing something as challenging and deep as philosophy. Not only does this set a low bar, it also fails to recognize a basic developmental fact – namely, that teens and preteens crave and embrace any and all opportunities to think deeply and critically.