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Are you a concerned K-12 teacher who would like to enrich your school with philosophy? Are you a concerned parent who would like to know more about how your child’s school could improve its offerings in the humanities? Are you a concerned philosopher or student of philosophy who would like to see more philosophy at the K-12 levels? Then please be sure to RSVP for the UChicago Civic Knowledge Project’s big Winning Words Initiative conference on Nov. 2nd! The Winning Words Initiative is a Midwest resource network aimed at helping teachers, schools, and students gain better opportunities to do pre-collegiate philosophy. All are welcome–teachers, parents, students, administrators, and more! We honor our teachers, who can earn professional development credits for participating (and win some special raffle prizes). To RSVP, go to: http://civicknowledge.uchicago.edu/wwinitiative.shtml and hit the RSVP link, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-834-3929 ext. 1.
THIS IS PHENOMENAL!! When I first began the Odyssey Project (South side class of 2005-2006), I became irate, because I found myself understanding that an education in the Socratic method should have been taught at the middle school level. I believed that so many of life’s unnecessary burdens could have been alleviated, if people would have been taught how to think. GREAT JOB, BART and the Civic Knowledge Project!!
Gloria N. Robinson
The CKP’s Winning Words philosophy program has been very fortunate in receiving some excellent recent press coverage, with major stories about the program appearing in both the Chicago Maroon and the Chicago Tribune. For a nice overview, please visit the Humanities Division website, at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/news/ And please take this opportunity to check out this and other stories appearing on the Squires Foundation website, at http://squirefoundation.org/index.html
The Winning Words program is a unique after-school class in philosophy, reasoning, and the verbal arts of dialogue and rhetoric. We work with local middle and elementary school students, teaching them about philosophy, the influence it has had on human life, and the virtues and skills that attend its practice. These include debate, writing, and Socratic dialogue. Such modes of thought and communication will foster the sense of wonder that is at the root of serious introspection, intellectual growth, and ethical reflection. Class begins with a portrait of Socrates attained through readings of Platonic dialogues. From reading and discussing these sources, students learn the ancient rudiments of the examined or philosophical life. Our curriculum keeps ever in the students’ minds, though, the ideas put forth by the famous American philosopher and founding figure at the University of Chicago, John Dewey— That learning is best done by way of doing and that schoolhouse and society are both best served when they are not isolated from one another.
In Winning Words classes, younger students in local public schools are given the opportunity to learn from successful, enthusiastic, and civic-minded students at the University of Chicago. The younger students make occasional trips to campus to hold class, and, about once per quarter, to present their thoughts in the public forum.
Please help us spread the word about Winning Words! We welcome your participation!
If you are interested in bringing the Winning Words program to one of our South Side schools, please contact the Director of the Civic Knowledge Project, Bart Schultz, at 773/834-3929 ext. 1, or email@example.com.
If you are a University of Chicago student interested in working in the Winning Words program, please contact the Student Coordinator, Shayan Karbassi (firstname.lastname@example.org).