30 Ways to Bring Philosophy into Every Classroom

Author: Chris, Dr. Jerry

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Philosophy

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The simple activities described in this book give classroom teachers a potent antidote for today’s students who: (1) no longer practice clarity of thought but rather emulate emotionally shallow celebrities, (2) no longer seek multiple solutions and weigh the consequences of each but rather seek easy answers, or (3) no longer see ethics as a foundation in decision making but rather rely on “act now and see what happens” non-thinking. Philosophy education holds the answers to “values education.” It teaches students to think critically, write logically, and consider once again the virtues of the world’s greatest thinkers.

The book is divided into two sections. The first contains the 30 ways to bring philosophy into the curriculum by philosophical theme and includes the Socratic seminar—a key methodology for any class and a useful tool for any school. Themes include:

  • Truth—Theory of Knowledge
  • Nature of Mankind
  • Logic
  • Beauty
  • Philosophy of Life

The second section is comprised of two appendices. Appendix A is a short reference to the basic fallacies of correct reasoning. This is necessary for some of the activities involving logic. Appendix B is a short summary of the thinking of 39 different philosophers. (This appendix is truly a marvelous basic reference for teachers!) The book includes a one-page summary of classical Western and Eastern philosophies.

The philosophers studied are Aquinas, Aristotle, Augustine, Bacon, Bergson, Berkeley, Confucius, Croce, Descartes, Dewey, Epictitus, Epicurus, Han Fei Tzu, Hegel, Hobbes, Hsun Tzu, Hume, James, Jaspers, Kant, Kierkegaard, Locke, Machiavelli, Marx, Mencius, Mill, Montaigne, Montesquieu, Nietzsche, Plato, Reid, Ross, Rosseau, Santayana, Sartre, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Spinoza, Lao Tzu, and Chuang Tzu.

Every now and then there is a must-have book for all teachers of children in grades 7 and up, as well as administrators to have and read and hold as a foundation support. 30 Ways to Bring Philosophy into Every Classroom is such a book.

Dr. Jerry Chris is an NBC Crystal Apple winner and was both Orange County Creative Teacher of the Year and California Teacher of the Year for gifted students.

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