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Jello F Said,
June 1st, 2011 @2:35 am  

i dunno but i wish they taught communication 101 interpersonal communication so that i could have had more balls when i was in high school and i wish they had taught bioethics in high school so that ppl realize eugenics is still alive today

Marekatt Said,
June 1st, 2011 @3:27 am  

I don’t think the government really want people to learn to think for themselves, hence they avoid teaching about philosophy. They got 13 years to educate the proles, and yet 50% ends up as trailer-trash. They’re doing something wrong, and they know it. They also know that they need poor proles in order to run a stable society where they are on top.

Interesting study. Hope it achieves something, I’d have loved to learn about philosophy in high-school.

I read “Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder, and he also expresses astonishment that steps aren’t taken to introduce philosophy into the classrooms of high-school. That was 18 years ago, and we’re still as far away as we were then.

Stumble: They could read introductionary books, like the abovementioned “Sophie’s World”, whose targegroup is exactly 15 year old kids (although it works perfectly well for anyone older than that too).

cool breeze Said,
June 1st, 2011 @4:19 am  

they’re cutting english out of the curriculum, you want philosophy? they’re going to be teaching them to shovel coal soon.

stumble123stick Said,
June 1st, 2011 @4:29 am  

have you actually read any Heidegger,Maimonedes, Kant, DeCartes, Swedenborg or any of the heavies that occur in college level intro philosophy courses.? High school kids just dont have the concentration to wade through that stuff, let alone try to make sense of it. Their so called toolboxes arent big enough.

Helpful Answers Said,
June 1st, 2011 @4:38 am  

Have you contacted this organization to see if they’re still active?
The document itself might be of use.

Good luck.

Naguru Said,
June 1st, 2011 @4:41 am  

One can venture to learn such things in every bit of practical life. It all depends on selection and choosing methods. From each and every activity and from each and every person, we can derive some philosophical knowledge. That will be more practical.

Because what is after all considered as philosophy. Philosophy is love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means. In philosophy, we investigate about the causes and laws underlying reality. Inquiry into the nature of things based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods is philosophy.

fdrc Said,
June 1st, 2011 @4:59 am  

and you are living proof that no one under the age of 30 should be allowed to read philosophy . . . . you really don’t have a clue do you?

WHY on earth would someone who isn’t even old enough to know what it is to get up in the morning and have a good crap even think about love of knowledge?

get a grip sonny.

Corvus Said,
June 1st, 2011 @5:50 am  

Philosophy was offered at my high school but no one chose it. I guess they don’t want to spend money on the few that want to study it at that stage.

NJM The Bounty Hunter Said,
June 1st, 2011 @6:02 am  

its Bush’s fault!

The Physicist Said,
June 1st, 2011 @6:45 am  

Probably because of a lack of qualified teachers for such a course.

guthrio Said,
June 1st, 2011 @7:38 am  

3 words should about sum up your thesis: Market of ideas.

Having encapsulated that as a metaphor for the American system of education (at all levels), it should not then be so astounding that the purpose of the system in which education is “delivered” to its customers (students) is geared primarily toward teaching them how to be more efficient consumers of marketable habits, customs, and skills by which they can contribute to society.

How are they taught to contribute to society ?

They are taught to buy something, or own something, or sell something.

There will be scant resources applied to the economic “engine” that fuels society’s momentum to perpetuate itself if those resources are seen as “wasted” on malleable minds purposely groomed BY THE SYSTEM to buy something, own something, or sell something…..instead of LEARN something.

When the acquisition of Philosophy can SUCCESSFULLY COMPETE with the acqusition of knowledge to “get paid”… the “market of ideas”….


… make its acquisition by students (consumers) a PRIMARY, COMPULSORY rite of passage…..NOT merely an OPTIONAL, SECONDARY afterthought….to pass up.

Consider orienting your thesis toward persuading your audience (at all levels) WHY and HOW Philosophy must SUCCESSFULLY COMPETE for its share in the “market of ideas”….

….Because, if the consumers (students, educators, AND the businesses or institutions that EMPLOY them) scrambling in today’s “what’s in it for me” marketplace, are not “sold” on the idea you’re selling as something they can “count on”, (profitably !)….

…..your dissertation will be “diss”-counted.

Make your thesis count !


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