Big Thoughts In The Big Apple

I've just spent two days at the first ever PLATO Institute at Columbia University, and am newly-inspired.  The conference was composed of educators and thinkers from Canada, the United States, Finland, Turkey, Chile, Germany and beyond, all of whom were committed to bringing philosophy to pre-college classrooms.

I heard stories of how a little deep thought can help to make children better communicators, better problem-solvers, and better citizens.  I also saw demonstrations of  philosophy being taught to children through stories, film, art, sport, and even through food.  If I weren't already a believer in the power of big questions, I would have definitely gone home a convert.

In case you're curious, here's a video clip of Tom Wartenberg (a PLATO presenter) in a primary school classroom, teaching philosophy through literature.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5wuHRyHez0&feature=email