Are numbers real? Can trees think? Who am I?
Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization
PLATO nurtures young people’s curiosity, critical thinking, and desire to explore big questions, through philosophy and ethics programs for students, educators, and families.
Children ask big philosophical questions – Are numbers real? Can dogs think? But often their thoughts and questions are not taken seriously.
PLATO creates opportunities for young people explore, in rigorous and meaningful conversations, life’s deeper questions – nurturing their curiosity and helping them to learn to think clearly and reason well.
Our innovative work serves thousands of students, teachers, families, and community members nationally and internationally. We offer an array of in-person and online programs, as well as a wealth of open-access resources for use in schools and at home.
PLATO’s mission is based on the conviction that every child’s voice matters, and that philosophy helps young people to express their own ideas and questions confidently and well.Learn more
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PLATO’s Philosophy Toolkit is one of the most extensive collections in the world of free resources for philosophy sessions in schools, at home, during community events, and beyond!
There are over 250 lesson plans for leading philosophical discussions with children and youth, including activities and exercises, games, and discussion plans for works of children’s literature.
The Toolkit includes lesson plans for philosophical topics in:
- History and Social Studies
- Language Arts and Literature
- Math and Logic
Plus additional resources for many other subjects, including ethics, philosophy of science, epistemology, race and gender, philosophy of art, social and political philosophy, philosophy of education, and much more!