This video is part of PLATO's Reference Library

Why Teaching Philosophy To Children Matters with Jana Mohr Lone

Description: Believing that philosophy is a niche activity of adult intellectuals has perpetuated the view that children are incapable of deep and profound thinking about the world. In truth, children naturally “do” philosophy all the time, and fostering their curiosity and wrestling with life’s biggest and most important questions can transform our world in profound ways. Philosophy opens us up to questions and humility, broadens our perspectives, promotes empathy with another person’s perspectives, and creates deep and profound meaning for our lives. The views and perspectives of children are incredibly powerful in transforming how societies understand and engage with these questions. It is our responsibility as adults to ensure this kind of philosophy thrives in our children.