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ERIC Number: EJ1005653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Raising the Bar: Love, the Community of Inquiry, and the Flourishing Life
Yos, Thomas B.
Educational Perspectives, v44 n1-2 p52-57 2012
The author has been working at the same elementary school in Hawai'i for nearly twenty years. Nearly ten years ago, he argued in his doctoral dissertation that philosophy for children and its pedagogy of the community of inquiry is good for kids. His thesis is this: In today's American educational climate, with its laser-sharp focus on "accountability" and "raising the bar," the community aspect of "community of inquiry" is more important than ever. It is so important because it purposefully cultivates what many of today's schools are unwisely leaving too far on the fringe: the loving, caring, fun-filled human relationships which are at the core of human flourishing. In order to support this thesis the author will endeavor to establish four points. First, he will argue that loving human relationships are at the heart of a well-lived life. Second, he will contend that schools properly ought to concern themselves with the cultivation of such relationships. Third, he will propose the controversial claim that schools aren't doing a good enough job of addressing this concern. And finally, he will assert that philosophy for children's (P4C's) "community of inquiry" approach is an effective means for cultivating such relationships. (Contains 5 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii