Amy Leask
Amy is living proof that you can do something good with a philosophy degree (she actually has two). A self-proclaimed word nerd and author, she’s tickled pink to be able to combine her love of ideas with more than 10 years as an educator and curriculum developer. Amy firmly believes that great philosophers come in all sizes, and is committed to helping people see the power of their own ideas. When she isn’t busy writing and philosophizing, she enjoys world travel, extreme baking and pondering the mysteries of the universe with her own little philosopher. She blogs about teaching, learning and big ideas at and at

Entries by Amy Leask

Enough Already, Let's Ask The Big Questions When It Comes To Hatred And Violence

(6) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 3:59 PM

Protesters hold up signs at a demonstration in Berlin July 10, 2016. Photo credit: WOLFRAM KASTL/AFP/Getty Images)

The best hashtag I've seen in a long time is #enough. It's short, it's poignant, and it expresses what a whole lot of people are thinking this week. Enough violence. Enough discrimination. Enough...

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How My Husband And I Make 'Us, Inc.' Work

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 3:44 PM

This month, my company celebrates it's 10th anniversary. Being an entrepreneur has its pitfalls, and I don't love every single thing about it, but this is easily the coolest gig I've ever had. And against the odds, we've been successful as a company. Impressed? Well thank you, but I haven't...

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Bowie's Passing Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Role Models

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 12:25 PM

The latest one lost is David Bowie -- a visionary, a rebel, an original and, for many, a touchstone.

From Bowie, young minds learned to embrace their weirdness, to strike out into new territory. His followers can be thankful that he died on his own terms, too, having released...

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Why We Don't Need To Win Arguments

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 7:20 PM

"I'd like to have an argument" begins the infamous skit by Monty Python. Maybe it's a strange thing to say out loud, but sometimes it really is good to have an argument. It can be an emotional one that clears the air, or an intellectual one that presents a conclusion...

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An Ode to My Grade 9 English Teacher

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 8:59 AM

September -- if you listen carefully, you can hear the sharpening of pencils and the crinkle of snack wrappers. Some tingle with excitement at the thought of going back, and some cringe. I confess that I was one of the former, especially in high school. Maybe it was because I...

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Parents Can Have an Active Role in Their Child's 21st Century Education

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 7:36 PM

It takes a village to raise a child, and in the 21st Century, it takes a village to educate one too.

Saying that education is changing is kind of an obvious statement. Our kids study subject matter that wasn't even on the menu 20 years ago, they do it in...

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Why Arts and Sciences Truly Need One Another

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 6:03 PM

My third year of university included a course with nothing but Shakespeare, three mornings a week (and yes, I liked it). I toted a giant-cockroach-squishing-sized anthology across campus, one that was way too big to comfortably fit into a bag. As luck would have it, my class was in the...

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This International Women's Day, Remember the Great Female Thinkers

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 11:23 AM

Like many people who studied philosophy, most of the great historical thinkers I was introduced to at school to were male. Entire courses went by without any mention of women in philosophy, and female thinkers didn't occupy a lot of pages in our text books either. I mean no disrespect...

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My New Year's Resolution: Turn Our Children Into Better Thinkers

(3) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 7:58 PM

The cookies have been eaten, the gifts have been opened, the stockings have been emptied, and like many optimistic, well-meaning people, I'm now in the midst of another holiday ritual: making resolutions for the coming year.

In the next few days, like many, I'll resolve to eat better, sleep...

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Why It's Good to Have Arguments With Children

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 7:00 PM


Admittedly, the idea of teaching a child to argue seems strange. Along with eating, moving, and occasionally napping, disagreeing appears to be second nature to a small person. Something we don't always think about as big people is the fact that an argument,...

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How To Keep A Little Thinker Busy Over The Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Ah, the holidays... visits from family and friends, sumptuous meals, thoughtful gifts, and for many families, a whole lot of time with kids who would ordinarily be busy at school. How does a parent with an already-hectic schedule keep little hands occupied, while keeping young minds supple and ready to...

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Why Should Admitting "I Don't Know" Be So Scary?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 5:43 PM

A long time ago, a barefoot gentleman in in a toga extolled the virtues of admitting one's own ignorance. His name was Socrates, and he wasn't suggesting that we should go through life not caring about the answers to life's biggest questions, but rather that each of us had a...

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Why Being A Student Ain't What It Used To Be

(15) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 6:24 PM

The word "student" conjures up certain images. It speaks of rows of children in desks, in a classroom, completing assignments, doing homework, and taking tests. Being a student is a job we assign to young people from September to June (give or take), for a certain number of hours per...

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Should You Tell Your Kid the Truth About Santa?

(6) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 2:51 PM

My first Christmas as a parent, when my kid was barely old enough to sit up on her own, I got all high and mighty about our future with Santa Claus. I remembered as a child being crushed when I learned the truth about him, and my husband couldn't remember...

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How to Talk Politics With Your Kids

(11) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 9:19 AM


I get a lot of raised eyebrows when I tell people I write materials that introduce politics to children. It's a subject that can make even a mature adult's palms sweaty, and on the surface, it seems like the last thing anyone would want...

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