PLATO advocates and supports introducing philosophy to children and youth through programs, resource-sharing, and the development of a national network in pre-college philosophy.


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Dedicated to providing support, resources, and advocacy to advance the field of precollege philosophy, PLATO is a national nonprofit organization for teachers and educators, philosophers, parents and grandparents, and others involved in introducing philosophy to children and youth.

Our website is not only an information resource, but also an evolving and growing knowledge-engine for Pre-College Philosophy. From the Resource Library to the Philosopher’s Toolkit, The Journal Questions and the Ethics Bowl; this site is meant to connect you to the world of Philosophy for Children Effortlessly.


We advocate and support introducing philosophy to K-12 students through programs, resource-sharing and the development of a national network of those working in pre-college philosophy. PLATO promotes philosophy classes for all K-12 students, including those in classrooms least likely to have access to academic enrichment programs. Bringing together the education and philosophy communities, PLATO celebrates diversity within the philosophy classroom and endorses a wide variety of philosophical approaches and methods.


PLATO offers support and resource-sharing for teachers, parents, philosophers and others involved in teaching philosophy to pre-college students. Initially launched by the Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy of the American Philosophical Association, PLATO is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that provides education for teachers about ways to introduce philosophy in pre-college classrooms, supports faculty and graduate students working in the field of pre-college philosophy, and advocates in both the philosophical and educational communities for more pre-college philosophy instruction.

We also host a national conference every other year: its first conference was held at Columbia University, Teachers College, in NYC in June 2011, and the second was held in conjunction with the 2013 APA Central Division Meeting in February 2013 in New Orleans. The next conference will be in Seattle in June 2015. PLATO is also working to organize regional teacher-training workshops.