Teaching philosophy in school
If the educators/politicians who dictate education policy were serious about teaching young people how to be analytical and think beyond the obvious, then philosophy would not be relegated to an extracurricular club that meets at lunchtime.
A Post story by Nelson Hernandez discusses the Philosophy Club at Kenmoor Middle School in Landover, where students meet to talk about ethics, fairness--and important things like “how to split dessert.”
The club was started by teacher Kathy Gregory while she taught at Glenardon Woods Elementary School, also in Prince George’s County, and she brought the concept with her when she moved to Kenmoor. Several dozen kids hungry for such discourse are involved.
Pity that philosophy is not part of the regular curriculum, other than the occasional mention of Locke or Hobbes or Socrates. It would only open up young minds to ways of thinking most have never contemplated.
Where, you ask, would it be squeezed into a school day that is jam-packed with math and reading and science and history?
How about dropping the hours too many kids take getting teacher-led standardized test prep?
A quick Google search of the word “philosophy” may explain part of the reason the subject is an afterthought in school. The first and the second references on the search I did referred to the skin care line of the same name.
Kant must be rolling in his grave.
Go ahead and tell me why I’m wrong, in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow my blog on the Post's Education news fan page on Facebook or the PostSchools feed on Twitter. For all our news and blogs, please bookmark http://washingtonpost.com/education.
| January 5, 2010; 10:21 AM ET
Categories: Learning | Tags: philosophy
Save & Share: Previous: Are American students lazy?
Next: Berliner: Why we are ‘smart’ about evaluating athletes and ‘dumb’ about assessing students, teachers and schools
Posted by: carlrosin | January 5, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.