Archimedean Middle Conservatory, a Miami-Dade public school, has won top honor at this year’s National Philosophy Slam competition. It was announced on June 7 that Archimedean Middle Conservatory was the recipient of the “Most Philosophical School in America” award.
This is the first year that a Florida school has won the award for Most Philosophical School in America since the award’s inception in 2001. Additionally, three Florida students received honors in the individual essay competition. Abril Macho received second place in the category for “Most Philosophical Sixth Grader in America,” David Cuitiva and Antonis Constant received third and fourth places respectively in “Most Philosophical Eighth Grader in America.”
The Kid’s Philosophy Slam is a national competition in which students answer a philosophical question. This year, more than 4,000 contestants, kindergarten through high school, addressed the question “Which is more powerful, love or hate?”
Depending on their age, kids can express themselves in words, artwork, poetry or song. Each grade level has its own national winner. Furthermore, schools from across the country compete for the title of “The Most Philosophical School in America.”
Archimedean Middle Conservatory is a public middle school, located at 12425 SW Sunset Dr. in Kendall, that aims to initiate young minds into the art of thinking through the teaching of Mathematics, the Greek Language, and Philosophy. The school’s curriculum includes a three-year philosophy program, a study of Mathematics in Greek and English, and a rigorous second-language course in Greek.
Additionally, since 2011, Archimedean Middle Conservatory also is nationally recognized as a Blue Ribbon School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ academic achievement.