1st Edition

Take a Stand! Classroom Activities That Explore Philosophical Arguments That Matter to Teens

By Sharon M. Kaye Copyright 2020
    142 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Take a Stand! (grades 9-12) helps teens develop critical thinking skills by examining debates on issues directly relevant to their lives (that you won't find in most classroom materials). Each chapter:

    • Covers an important topic relating to electronics, sex, mental health, and relationships.
    • Presents a question for debate, such as "Should kids choose their own religion?" and "Is it possible to love more than one person?"
    • Shows how each issue might arise in an ordinary teen conversation.
    • Presents and explores two or more opposed answers to philosophical debates.
    • Encourages high school students to develop their own positions while learning to appreciate other perspectives.

    Throughout the book, the chapter contributors—all current or recent teens themselves—highlight key definitions, quote compelling sources, and diagram the central arguments. Each chapter includes discussion questions to guide arguments, as well as helpful sidebars and illustrations to increase comprehension. Perfect for inspiring classroom discussion of topics that matter to today's teens.

    Grades 9-12

    Acknowledgments Preface Introduction Part I: Technology Chapter 1: Are Video Games a Waste of Time? Chapter 2: Is It Rude to Text in Class? Chapter 3: Should Parents Limit Kids’ Screen Time Chapter 4: Should Teachers Be Replaced With Technology? Part II: Mental Health Chapter 5: What Is the Meaning of Life? Chapter 6: Is Seeking Happiness More Important Than Making Money? Chapter 7: Are Prescription Drugs a True Path to Wellness? Chapter 8: Should Young People Be Allowed to Choose Their Own Religion? Part III: Relationships Chapter 9: What Is the Purpose of Friendship? Chapter 10: Is It Wrong to Be Selfish? Chapter 11: Is It Wrong to Eat Meat? Chapter 12: What Do People Owe to the Environment? Part IV: Sex Chapter 13: What Is Gender? Chapter 14: Is Monogamy Necessary? Chapter 15: Is Pornography Immoral? Chapter 16: When Is a Person Ready To Have Sex? About the Author About the Contributors


    For the past several years, Sharon M. Kaye, Ph.D., has taught philosophy to high school students through the Carroll-Cleveland Philosophers' Program, which won the 2006 American Philosophical Association Award for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. She currently serves as professor of philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH.