Purchase Article
Account Credit $18.50
Article Cost $0.40
Balance of Credit $18.10
Confirm

The cost of your purchase will exceed your credit of . Click here to be taken to your account to purchase more credit.

Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Receive 50% off your first credit purchase (Example: Buy a $10 credit but get billed for only $5)!

Advanced Search
Using Philosophy to Think Green
Back
February 13, 2018
Green Teacher

Originally appears in the Winter 2018 issue.

Elementary-level learners are naturally curious about the world around them, as well as their place in it, which explains their enthusiasm for studies of ecology. Children are also natural philosophers, with a seemingly limitless supply of “Why” questions. Combining a popular and accessible subject like environmental studies with a child’s natural inclination to wax philosophical not only bolsters both areas of study, but can also lead to the development of thinking skills that are useful in any subject, as well as in a child’s personal life. Most importantly, with a little practice and preparation, even educators who don’t have previous experience in philosophy can nurture environmental philosophy in their classroom.

The first, and most practical reason for bringing philosophy into any subject area is that it’s a straightforward and engaging way to develop soft skills, such as critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving. Children learn how to think, instead of what to think, and they can do so by exploring big questions that pertain to the environment.


Purchase article to read more - $0.99
Prev
Top Selling Articles
/
View All
Next
Alternatives Journal | Apr 3, 2017

The first thing I did was change my perspective

 
EcoParent | Jul 15, 2016

How Outward Bound transforms and how its students see the world.

 
Inroads Journal | Nov 19, 2017

A critical guide to the murky corners of the internet that helped produce Trump

Green Teacher | Jul 2, 2018

How students can act as an effective bridge between science and society in carrying out research

 
EcoParent | Jul 17, 2013

Can we teach our children to be happy?

 
EcoParent | Aug 20, 2017

Understanding the nitty gritty details of sun protection for your family.

 
Inroads Journal | Mar 15, 2017

America’s fifteen-year war in the Middle East

Green Teacher | Mar 24, 2017

FOR LUCY SPRAGUE MITCHELL, the founder of Bank Street College in New York City, education was larger than the school building and greater than the book.

 
Green Teacher | Sep 19, 2016

Documenting and learning in the environment invites us to reflect on stewardship and global citizenship with our students

 
Alternatives Journal | May 17, 2017

The Fleming College experience is a case study in starting small and thinking big.

 
Green Teacher | Feb 20, 2017

Run…but where…from snakes or to snakes?

 
Alternatives Journal | Oct 1, 2016

No one can better explain the value and necessity of belonging than Canada’s 26th Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.