p4c: Philosophy for Children

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The Dalai Lama’s recent visit to Hawai‘i included a stop at Kailua High School to acknowledge the school with a remarkable program called Philosophy for Children, or p4c.

Philosophy for Children was created in 1969 by Matthew Lipman, a Columbia University philosophy professor. In 1984, UHM philosophy professor Dr. Thomas Jackson brought the p4c ideas to Hawai‘i, and through his efforts, the Philosophy for Children in Hawai‘i organization was created. Kailua High School became a model school for the movement, and through the success of the program, p4c became a foundation for the school’s goal to become a passionate and tolerant campus. Former college students from Dr. Jackson’s Philosophy for Children course at UHM have become leaders in the program and have received recognition and prestigious awards in education.

Click here for brief description of Philosophy for Children.

For more about the Dalai Lama’s visit to Kailua High School and the p4c program, read the news articles in Midweek and Civil Beat.

And more can be found at the p4c Hawai‘i website.