|What is KATPIS pursuing?
|We are now living the so-called
Information Age in the globalized world.
This age challenges us to reflect and reform our on-going Educational
practices in a fundamental way. First of all, we seek to recover
the missing dimensions of doing philosophy in our education.
For we believe that doing philosophy must be redefined and then
shared with our children at the very threshold of the 21th century,
if we are to equip our children with the indipensable thinking
skills and dispositions to cope with this Information Age. Defined
as skillful ways of thinking reflectively, doing philosophy
can help children systematize logically, utilize wisely and
construct creati! vely a huge amount of information flooding
The globalized world demands that
we hurry to adapt to cultural pluralism. Otherwise,
we would be exposed to the danger of isolating ourselves or
losing our unique cultural identity. We have already decided
to confront ourselves with this rapidly globalizing environment,
which necessitates creating a model of global citizenship for
the 21st century. Doing philosophy in the classroom is the first
step toward globalizing our education because it encourages
children to compare and evaluate different points of views.
When invited to have philosophical discussions, they are expected
to get ready to give their own thoughts and listen to others'
viewpoints more care! fully, which will, eventually, lead to
nurturing mutual tolerance among different ways of thinking
We are thus trying to prepare our
children for this age of Information and Globalization through
doing philosophy. For this cause, KATPIS have set the goals