Philosophy for Children wins Award for Excellence
American Philosophical Association recognizes Philosophy for Children Texas and the Aggie School of Athens Philosophy Camp for Teens at Texas A&M University.
Philosophy for Children Texas (P4C Texas) and the Aggie School of Athens Philosophy Camp for Teens at Texas A&M University have won the American Philosophical Association 2020 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs Award.
Under the directorship of Claire Katz, professor of philosophy and Murray and Celeste Fasken Chair in Distinguished Teaching, P4C Texas has demonstrated sustained excellence through a record of achievement, accomplishing clearly defined goals, and designing a program that is appropriate for other programs across the country to emulate.
“The only way the field of philosophy will change with regard to its demographics and the public perception of it is if we do more outreach and introduce young people to philosophy,” Katz explained.
In addition P4C Texas has shown innovation in creating new audiences for philosophical work using new modes of dissemination and teaching. It’s this outreach and work that qualified P4C Texas for APA’s prestigious award.
The Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs recognizes philosophy departments, research centers, institutes, societies, publishers, and other organizations for creating programs that risk undertaking new initiatives in philosophy and do so with excellence and success, and to publicize the success of these programs so they may inspire and influence others to follow their lead.
Katz and the P4C Texas team work hard to incorporate philosophy into children and teens’ education. In addition to hosting camps and workshops on campus, P4C is working to introduce the Philosophy for Children program to Texas Classrooms.