Your child is full of complex questions, ideas and emotions. Yet few spaces lend themselves to the kind of collaborative and sustained enquiry that allows critical thinking to flourish. Our hope is to make this workshop just such a place. Thinking High in the Heights brings together Spanish-speaking 11-14 year olds to raise and discuss the questions that matter most to them.
We approach discussion from a philosophical standpoint that encourages both creativity and rigor. Participants will reflect on questions that they themselves propose during the workshop but some of the planned topics include: Why do some people think that being an athlete does not require brains? (And are they right?) What makes for a good friendship? What does it mean for Washington Heights to be gentrifying and how does this impact me?
We hope that, through these discussions, your child will develop the habits of mind that characterize good thinkers. We also hope that every child gets better at communicating respectfully and listening carefully to what others say, two of the most important skills to enjoy lasting friendships. Thursdays, 4:00-5:30, February 1-March 29 (skips February 22).