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Table of Contents Preface vii Acknowledgments ix General Introduction 1 The Genesis and Scope of This Book 2 Suggestions for Using This Book 3 Part I: Kids and Philosophy Introduction: Young Students and the Adventure of Philosophy 7 Reasons to Study Philosophy 7 Elements of Philosophy 9 Primary Source Philosophy 9 The Readings-Principles of Selection and Organization 10 Some Ideas on Presenting or Teaching Philosophy 12 Chapter 1 "Who Are My Friends?" 15 Friendship (Aristotle) Chapter 2 "Where Has the Time Gone?" 21 Time (Augustine) Chapter 3 "Do We Really Know What We Think We Know?" 31 Knowledge (Plato) Chapter 4 Younger Students and the Existence of God 43 Existence of God (Aquinas) Chapter 5 The Sound of a Tree Falling in the Forest . . . 53 Perception (Berkeley) Chapter 6 "I Don't Want to Do What the Class Wants to Do!" 63 Freedom and Society (Rousseau) Chapter 7 Freedom and Responsibility: Existentialism and Young Students 73 Choice (Jean-Paul Sartre) Chapter 8 On Social Justice in a Violent World 85 Social Justice and Nonviolence (Martin Luther King) Chapter 9 Feminism and Social Justice 95 Feminism (bell hooks) Chapter 10 Technology: Servant or Destroyer? 105 Technology (Martin Heidegger) Part II: Education as Applied Philosophy Chapter 11 Critical Thinking and Artistic Creation 117 Activity-Drama Chapter 12 The Oldest Cave Art: On Giftedness and Excellence 125 Activity-Drawing Chapter 13 The Philosophy of French Funetics: An Essay in Applied Gifted Intelligence 131 Activity-Language Acquisition Chapter 14 "The Bohemian Life": Opera and Gifted Education 141 Activity-Music Part III: A Philosophical Postlude Chapter 15 Gifted Education: The Event-and Advent-of Theory 155 Chapter 16 "Edutainment": Gifted Education and the Perils of Misusing Multiple Intelligences 161 Chapter 17 Philosophy and Theory in the Study of Gifted Students 167 Epilogue: Philosophical Visions and the Challenge of Education 175 Additional Readings in Philosophy 176 Index 179 About the Author 183
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Philosophy -- Study and teaching (Middle school).
Gifted children -- Education.