Our Philosophy program is launching a community outreach and service project, Philosophy for Children (P4C). We are training our majors to facilitate P4C sessions at local libraries and elementary schools. These sessions build on children's literature (such as Lobel's Frog and Toad stories) or fun thought experiments (is time-travel possible?).
The aim of these sessions is
(1) to get children asking the "big questions" about the nature of courage or friendship or work, (2) to give them the space to come up with answers based on their intuitions or experience, and (3) to encourage them to share their answers with one another and explain their reasoning.
We hope to encourage a spirit of inquiry and critical thinking skills in our sessions.
Our project has received $1000 support from the East Rotary Club of Bakersfield, thanks to Mr. Jim Williams's interest in this project.
Dr. Senem Saner has received $500 grant from AAPT (American Association of Philosophy Teachers) to design and implement the program in Spring 2017. She is offering a Practical Training class (PHIL 4610) in the Spring semester.
Contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in participating in the P4C program and facilitate P4C sessions in local elementary schools in the Spring.