Philosophy for Children: Promoting Peace in the Classroom

Kailua High School

Kailua High School may have devoted the past six weeks to educational exercises directly linked to the Dalai Lama's visit Monday, but students and staff have inadvertently been preparing for years.

In 2000, the Surfriders saw Philosophy for Children Hawaii — more commonly called p4c — tiptoe into their classrooms. This unique instructional method, a departure from the traditional top-down model, aims to create a community of engaged student thinkers.

Principal Francine Honda and other top educators attribute the program's subsequent success as a primary reason the Dalai Lama decided to address their students at a special assembly.

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