Pixie is an elementary school student perplexed and delighted by many aspects of her experience. This novel emphasizes relationships (logical, social, familial, aesthetic, causal, part-whole, mathematical, etc.) as well as competence in dealing with such relationships. Ethical concepts include sibling-rivalry, personhood, respect for others, friendship, secrets, promise-keeping, parent-child relationships, obedience, teasing, and autonomy. Readers will find the pages of Pixie strewn with philosophical ideas and puzzles that lead to lively classroom deliberation. The text includes some blank pages for young readers to try their hand at book illustration.
Matthew Lipman and Ann Margaret Sharp
The philosophical exercises in this manual offer practice in generalization, classification, concept development, making comparisons, offering counterexamples, using analogies and contradiction. Reasoning skills are employed in writing exercises, and in enhancing students' judgment. Discussion plans help students explore philosophical concepts central to their experience, such as friendship, families, honesty and autonomy. All reasoning skills and philosophical concepts are explained in nontechnical language.
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