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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Teach Kids Philosophy, It Makes Them Better at Math | New York Magazine

"Not what to think, but how to think." summarizes Drake Baer, Senior Writer — New York Magazine.

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The nature of truth. Theories of fairness. The essence of bullying. These are big, weighty subjects, and apparently 9- and 10-year-olds just eat them up.

As in, according to a Quartz piece by Jenny Anderson, placing grade-schoolers in weekly philosophical discussions has surprising effects on their academic performance. The program in question, called Philosophy for Children, led to improvements in math and reading scores on par with an extra two months of instruction, with bigger gains for disadvantaged kids. The 3quarksdaily blog highlighted it all earlier this week.


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