Sharing, kindness, fear, death… These “philosophical” subjects and many others appeal to children and adults alike.
And if there’s one thing kids love, it’s asking the question “Why?” about what they are asked and what they see around them.
It is to help them and exercise them in answering their questions that the Alliance française de Toronto has created philosophical workshops for children aged 7 to 10, “Les petits thinkeurs”, offered Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon, from January 23 to March 20.
A movement to teach children to think “like a philosopher” is developing in Europe and North America, explains Christophe Plantiveau, AFT’s marketing director. He cites the success of Tahar Ben Jelloun with his books Racism explained to my daughter and Terrorism explained to our children.
The activities of the SEVE Foundation in Canada, he says, are also focused on the idea that children can be “taught from an early age to reason for themselves, to manage their emotions, to develop their creativity and to demonstrate empathy and openness ”.