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?
At least a course in formal logic and critical thinking.
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.