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Young Philosophers’ Summer Academy
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 • Posted May 28, 2008

Mason youth have the opportunity to discuss real life issues with their peers and some of the great thinkers of the past and present: Plato, Aristotle, Aldo Leopold, Lady Bird Johnson, Viktor Frankl, Maya Angelou and more.

Children and teenagers are no strangers to issues of kindness and unkindness, fairness and unfairness, respect and disrespect. Like adults, they face tough choices everyday. It is how we respond to the tough choices we face that most defines who we are. Using the values paradigm of truth vs. loyalty, mercy vs. justice, individual vs. community, and long-term vs. short-term, the Texas Nature Project faculty is able to help young people develop the critical thinking skills required to make decisions and choices thoughtfully and confidently, and live their lives with integrity, worth and dignity.

The Young Philosophers’ Summer Academy is a highly active, hands-on experience, combining selected readings, award-winning movies, art, music, and guest speakers, in a fun and non-threatening learning environment.

Each session is scheduled on three consecutive mornings in July: High school students July 7, 8 and 9; Middle school students July 14, 15 and 16; and Elementary school students July 21, 22 and 23. All sessions allow for peer interaction across age groups and experiences. A fourth session on July 28, 29 and 30 has been developed to encourage interaction between junior high and high school students.

All classes are held at Texas Nature Project’s Northpoint Ranch campus, 3226 US Hwy 87 South, just 2.5 miles south of the Square.

Registration can be completed through June, but space is limited: Ten students in each of the sessions for middle and elementary school students, and twelve for each of the sessions for high school and junior high/high school students. The three-day academy costs $60.00 per student, half due at registration and balance the first meeting. Scholarships are available. Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations interested in supporting character development of our youth.

Texas Nature Project faculty includes Jan Schultz, a Student Affairs Administrator with over twenty years of experience in student development and higher education. Dr. Sherra Theisen is a philosopher with over eighteen years experience teaching at the college level and six years teaching K-12. Mason community leaders have volunteered to participate in the program, as have college students from St. Mary’s University.

For more information: Jan Schultz, 832-878-4141, schultz@texasnatureproject.org, or Dr. Sherra Theisen, 325-320-5251, theisen@texasnatureproject.org, or visit the website www.texasnatureproject.org. Texas Nature Project is an educational non-profit 501(c)(3) incorporated in the State of Texas.

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