reply to post by SpeakerofTruth
Well, for most. I'm 14, and I, for one, thoroughly enjoy philosophy. (Philosophy teachers, however, are apparently pretentious and silly. Though,
philosophy itself is very fun.)
15, and even 13 year old minds should be ready for philosophy, even if it's just an introduction. I remember Religious Studies in year 7 (when I
lived in England, and after that year I moved to the US wherein I was introduced ever-so-kindly to Virginian public schools) was very fun.
Although, simply teaching the concepts isn't enough, in my opinion. Class debates should be encouraged and done often (or at least more than twice a
year). And really, I sometimes find that it's also interesting to converse with the teacher over various matters, and as such, should the teachers be
allowed to state their own opinion, so long as it is made very clear that it is their own opinion and the students are free to believe what they
However, as far as I've seen in my little section of the US, it's not that students are incompetent and are completely unable to think outside of
the box. I just think that it's because they were raised, both by society, their parents, and school, to conform to the majority belief. However, if
education were tinkered with in such a way to allow open thinking (like, in maths, teaching the theory behind the formula as well as the formula, and
also encouraging students to come up with other methods of solving problems instead of telling them off for "not following directions", and yes this
happened and yes I was angry that the teacher wouldn't accept that I had just found a far less complex way to solve the equation because I was the
only one in class who had been taught the underlying concept of the subject AAARRRGH). Kids here aren't used to thinking at their full potential, and
they've convinced themselves that doing such is impossible. It might also be because of laziness, perhaps, but either way, there still is an
unwillingness to even bother considering anything outside of American Idol and FOOTBAAAALL.
Erm. What I meant to say was, people need to have the ability to think for themselves, and whilst I believe that American kids DO have the ability, I
also think that they either are not used to or do not want to access it. They never find a need, but when they do come across something that requires
them to think without using the school-taught processes, they feel that they can't since they're just not used to it. AS SUCH, education should make
it that they ARE used to it. That, and having class debates on subjects would be fun.
Also, I've noticed that our English teachers, at least for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade, don't leave much room for creating stories, characters, &c.
Creativity in general. Then again, I suppose that there's electives for that.
But... maybe the open debates should be, rather than solely from X grade onwards, taught (at least to a reasonable extent) throughout the school
But disregard me, I'm young, inexperienced, and probably have no idea about what I just wrote.