An Argument For Requiring Philosophy in High Schools

A post at Ethical Realism argues that philosophy should be a required class in high schools which I agree.  He also makes a modest proposal in that philosophy doesn’t need to be a class on its own.  Rather, some of the ideas can be taught in English classes.  While I see his point, I think we can have it both ways.  Why not require it in English classes as part of the normal curriculum, but also teach a separate class on its own for upper class students?  I would have loved taking a philosophy class in high school, and I think most students would have enjoyed knowing what philosophy is all about before graduating.

Indeed, the closest thing to philosophy I had in high school was probably my English classes.  It would be especially helpful to get students a major grasp on the issues before heading out to the “real world.”

Yes, I know what you’re thinking.  This is probably too optimistic, but before you can reply back, I suggest to look at the arguments that the post has given.  What do you think?

About shaunmiller

I am a Ph. D student at Marquette University. The primary purpose of this blog is to get my ideas out there, and then have other people scrutinize, critique, build upon, and systematize beliefs. This blog will sometimes pertain to what I'm learning in my classes, but it will occasionally deal with non-classroom issues that I'm thinking about as well.
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2 Responses to An Argument For Requiring Philosophy in High Schools

  1. scott says:

    At least a course in formal logic and critical thinking.

    • shaunmiller says:

      Indeed. I find that much more important than the mathematical requirement in high schools. I wish they would implement this at least in English classes.

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