History

Starting with the 2013 issue, Questions is the official journal of PLATO (the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization.)  This brings together the resources of PLATO with the ongoing mission of Questions providing a medium for young people to contribute their philosophical reflections while also giving them and their teachers resources for engaging in philosophy in the pre-college environment. The editorial board retains independent control over content.

Questions was cited in the UNESCO 2007 report “Philosophy: A School of Freedom” as a resource for doing philosophy with children and “providing a useful snapshot” of pre-college philosophy practices.

Past Partnerships

Questions began as a project of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy, though it has been independent of the committee starting with the third issue. The APA funded the first two issues in their entirety, and provided partial funding for issues 3 – 8 and 10 – 13.

The 2004 – 2009 and 2011 – 2012 issues included the winning entries of the Kids Philosophy Slam.

Editorial Board Changes

Jana Mohr Lone was editor-in-chief for the first five issues (2001 – 2005).

From 2006 to 2008, Rory Kraft and Alison Reiheld served as co-editors of the journal.  The 2006 issue was funded in part by Michigan State University, where they were both graduate students at the time.

Beginning in 2008, Rory Kraft became the editor-in-chief, serving in that capacity through 2015.

Starting in 2016, Wendy Turgeon is editor-in-chief.

For more information on current and past members of the editorial board, please see our Editorial Board page.