Drawing from his many years of experience, p4cHI founder Dr. Thomas Jackson (Dr. J) shares some of his most memorable moments and significant realizations. These stories provide us with a vibrant and oftentimes inspirational perspective on where p4cHI has come from, what it is, and, indeed, on what it could be.
In this story Dr. J tells us about the time that he explored a deep and complex topic -- What's real? -- with a Kindergarten class. He was delighted and amazed as the inquiry wound down an unexpected path.
Oftentimes, like estranged siblings, theory and practice don't travel together. Sometimes, like when we're in a rush to apply some great new "best practice," theory gets left behind. (Why, we ask, are we doing this?) At other times, perhaps when we're listening to some scholar, Practice never even gets into the van. (How, we wonder, is this relevant?)
In this video you will see the students make a community ball. This is a common way for a p4cHI group to start the year. It is a way both to build community and to create an important tool for the governance of the group.
Sometimes the "philosophy" in "philosophy for children" throws people off. Perhaps thinking back to that one college philosophy class that they had to take, they wonder how philosophy can have anything to do with children.
In order to understand the connection between the two we first have to get clear on what we mean by "philosophy." p4cHI founder Dr. Thomas Jackson makes a distinction between "Big P Philosophy" and "little p philosophy." "Big P Philosophy" is an academic discipline. It involves studying famous philosophers like Plato and perhaps writing books or delivering lectures. It is something that one most oftentimes runs into in college.Read more