ביממה האחרונה הלכה לעולמה פרופ' אן מרגרט שארפ (בתמונה) אחת הדמויות המובילות בתחום פילוסופיה עם ילדים בעולם.
פרופ' שארפ היתה אורחת המכללה האקדמית לחינוך אורנים במהלך שנת הלימודים תש"ע.
על דבריה במפגש זה, בדיווח הבא: http://akizel.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-post.html
ד"ר ג'ן גלסר כותבת על מותה של פרופ' שארפ:
I have some very sad news... our beloved friend Ann Sharp z"l died on July 1st at her home in Mexico. Ann's passing leaves a hole in our lives and in our spirit. and I will miss her sorely.
Ann was a dear friend and colleague. She loved her time with us in Israel over these past few years, and we were indeed honored and enriched by her presence with us. Ann truly believed in the power of philosophy to improve children's lives and to build a better society. This was her dream too for philosophy for children in Israel and East Jerusalem. For Talya Birkhahn and myself, whose personal and professional friendship with Ann extends back over twenty five years, this news is particularly painful. She was generous and funny, often outrageous and yet at the same time finely attuned to what the moment required of her. Ann dedicated her life to children, to education, and to all of us who found a home in the Philosophy for Children community. I have an image of Ann with books piled up on all sides around her – those read, those being read and those still to be opened. She loved ideas. Amongst other things, Ann's voice added to Philosophy for Children a language of care, a concern with the emotions, relationality and the community of inquiry as education for democracy. She was an initiator and mentor, guiding so many of us on our educational paths and offering unconditional support along the way. She gave people the confidence to dream and the courage to make dreams a reality, and in the process left her mark on philosophy for children around the globe. She brought smiles to peoples faces wherever she went.
May her memory live long through our work,
Co-director, Israel Center for Philosophy in Education – 'Philosophy for Life'