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 an assistant professor (LTR) at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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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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