Magazine article Curriculum Review

Students Essay Their Beliefs in Philosophy Slam

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Students Essay Their Beliefs in Philosophy Slam

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The brainchild of Lanesboro, Minnesota, teacher John Davis, the Kids Philosophy Slam blossomed into a national event that drew more than 4,300 essays from students at every grade level in 22 states and three foreign nations, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The question for 2000-01 was "Which is more powerful, love or hate?" Finalists came to Minnesota this past spring to vie for the title of "Most Philosophical Student in America." Aparna Noel Suri's argument that love wins out over hate earned the 14-year-old the first annual title. There were also national essay winners for grades 1-7--and an award for "Most Philosophical School in America" to boot.

"I am overwhelmed by the quantity, but even more by the quality, of the thinking and the courage of some of these kids," Davis said as he prepared for the first-ever finals. "As adults, it's important that we ask kids their opinions, their vision of the world as they wrestle with the philosophical underpinnings of the pressures that shape their lives . …

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