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Winner of the 2011 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs and the 2013 Merritt Prize for Distinguished Service to the Philosophy of Education


The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University is thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Thomas Wartenberg to keep the important work of Teaching Children Philosophy accessible online. The Prindle Institute is the new host of teachingchildrenphilosophy.org. If you’re a regular user of this site, don’t worry, things aren’t changing any time soon! The website’s url and content will remain the same throughout most of 2020. We have big plans for this website, but rest assured that our primary goal is to continue to make this work as relevant and accessible as we possibly can.

The Prindle Institute’s K-12 programming harnesses the power of narrative to create impactful content that resonates with students and educators. We’ve been so inspired by the work of Teaching Children Philosophy that we placed storytelling at the heart of our approach to K-12 programming. As the new digital hosts of Teaching Children Philosophy, we seek to 1) forge an even stronger connection between the content we create and the wonderful work already available through the website, 2) ensure that the modules and content currently available stay accessible and 3) make the work of Teaching Children Philosophy available to an even wider audience through a dynamic web presence.

If you have any questions or concerns about this development at all, please contact our director of digital services, Christiane Wisehart (christianewisehart@depauw.edu).


Interested in teaching philosophy to elementary school children? This website will help you do that using popular children’s picture books.

To get started, take a look at some of the book modules contained on this site. They will introduce you to the philosophy in each picture book, and suggest questions to help you initiate a philosophical discussion with young children.


For more guidance, purchase Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy Through Children’s Literature, 2nd Edition. This book contains detailed instruction on how to facilitate a philosophy discussion as well as an entire curriculum for an introduction to philosophy class for elementary school children.

Tom has also written an introduction to philosophy for adults using children’s picture books, A Sneetch Is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries. It will give you the background you need to lead elementary school philosophy discussions.

Interested in discussing philosophy with older students? Take a look at Philosophy@The Virtual Art Museum which uses works of art to stimulate philosophy discussions.


The links at left will allow you to access press coverage of the Teaching Children Philosophy Program and find other online resources for doing philosophy with children.

You can also access the syllabus to Tom’s Philosophy for Children course in which undergraduates teach philosophy to second graders and watch the PBS Documentary about Tom's college course that won the 2015 Emmy Award for Education films to see 2nd graders discussing philosophy.

Want Tom to come to your school or district to lead a workshop or demonstration? Questions or comments? Contact him at tom@teachingchildrenphilosophy.com.

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Have older kids? Check out What’s the Big Idea?, to use clips from popular films to initiate ethical discussions among middle and high school children. You can also watch an older documentary made in the first school that Tom's students taught in.

Creative Commons License This website was developed with the assistance of the Squire Family Foundation.