Friday, December 28, 2012

For a Better Society, Teach #Philosophy in High Schools

Michael Shammas: For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High Schools:

Jean Jacques Lagrenée's "Student of Philosophy"
Jean-Jacques Lagrenée's Student of Philosophy
Despite the benefits of the philosophic mindset, we do not cultivate this mindset in our children. In fact, philosophy is almost entirely absent from American schools. For example, there is no AP (Advanced Placement) Philosophy course. While some high schoolers may have heard of Socrates, Plato, or Aristotle, most do not truly understand their philosophies -- much less the philosophies of men like Descartes, Schopenhauer, or Nietzsche. This is shameful, because a person who does not understand the history of thought does not understand the rationality behind our political system.
I couldn't have said it better myself ...

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