The Chicago Tribune featured the Civic Knowledge Project’s “Winning Words” program, a project that brings philosophy students into local Chicago public schools to engage students in critical thinking. The Civic Knowledge Project (CKP) is the office for community engagement within the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Established in July of 2003, The Civic Knowledge Project aims to build programs and institutional affiliations that enhance the circulation of knowledge on the South Side of Chicago across lines of race, ethnicity, class, and religion.
From the Tribune:
While discussing classic texts and critical thinking are second nature at U. of C., where Socrates and Plato reign supreme, Winning Words is bringing the same process of lively give-and-take and critical thinking to Chicago Public Schools students at 15 South Side elementary and middle schools. The U. of C. tutors serve as philosophy coaches, adapting the ideas of classic and contemporary philosophers and authors like Socrates, William Shakespeare and educator John Dewey to provoke spirited debate among nearly 120 students enrolled in Winning Words.
Last February fourth graders led by a philosophy student presented at the annual American Philosophical Association conference. Earlier this year, Bart Schultz, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Director of the Civic Knowledge Project, received the Faculty Initiative Award for 2012 from the Office of Civic Engagement’s Neighborhood Schools Program. The award is in recognition of his work in building community connections through such programs as the Winning Words as well as the Poverty, Promise, and Possibility initiative.