Little Big Minds: Teaching Philosophy to Children

Little Big Minds: Teaching Philosophy to Children

Marietta McCarty

11.8.2007

Marietta McCarty

For more than 15 years Marietta McCarty has brought philosophy to children in rural, suburban, and city schools in the central Virginia area as well as schools around the U.S. Her “Philosophy in the Third Grade" program is nationally acclaimed, and she lectures and gives demonstrations around the country on the program. McCarty’s previous children's philosophy programs include her Summer Program for Inner City Children staffed by her college philosophy students, and her work with the Peabody School for Gifted Children in Charlottesville. McCarty has published many articles in scholarly journals and books, two of which appeared in The Journal, a national magazine published by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Mariett McCarty, assistant professor of philosophy at Piedmont Virginia Community College, discusses her new book “Little Big Minds.” She shares how the book offers guidance to parents and educators who want to introduce children to philosophical thinking by providing a philosophical concept. McCarty touches on her past 15 years of experience and her successful results in teaching philosophy to children as an art of clear thinking. “Ideas guide our actions whether they are clear or fuzzy; ideas mold our lives,” she says.