Why Do You Do What You Do?

A story from the book Thinking Trees and Laughing Cats (A Thinking Curriculum for Pre-School Education), a book published by the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC). These stories are meant to be introduction stories for a philosophical discussion with children (and adults, too!). I spent two weeks in New Jersey, USA just inhaling and exhaling the philosophies of Philosophy for Children (how redundant). This is one of the books I really liked. Enjoy 🙂

photo from http://www.holycow.typepad.net

 WHEN IS IT GOOD TO DO NOTHING AND WHEN IS IT ISN’T?

The teacher said, “Kathy, here are six questions for you to answer.”

Kathy said, “Do I have to answer all six of them?”

The teacher said, “Kathy, pick just one.”

Kathy said, “When you’re swimming it’s not good to do nothing.”

The teacher asked, “Why not?”

Kathy said, “Why do I have to say why?”

The teacher said, “You should always be ready to give a reason for what you do.”

photo from http://www.nerdbase.blogspot.com

 Click this to view the whole book (with exercises)

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