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What are the arguments for and against philosophy in high school?

Philosophy is seen as a dead science. However, how can we ignore the prevalence of philosophy in history. Whether it be the philosophy of science, language, or history, there has always been philosophical inquiry except near the middle of the twentieth century.

Should philosophy be taught at the high school level? Should there be a mandatory or elective class for philosophy? What are the merits of philosophy in High School? What are the draw back of teaching philosophy in high school?


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    Aug 18 2012: Well Science Art or Geography does not teach students about righteous thinking. Students would not take righteous actions unless they are aware of its goodness. Philosophy should be made a mandatory subject so as to make them aware about the general righteous actions followed around the world.

    Arjun Soman
    MBA candidate
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      Aug 18 2012: What is righteous thinking?
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      Aug 20 2012: Arjun, I believe on very fundamental principalities of each of those topics you may be right. I see your side of the fence very clearly now. Here is what I think we should do with each of these disciplines of science not only give a student the principle knowledge but also show them real world positive actions that each student can understand show students the information and then show them the positive actions and negative actions this imformation can have i.e A neuton is captured by Uranium- 235 which in turn briefly turns Uranium- 235 into the highly excited molecule Uranium-236. The Uranium-236 moleculle has fissioned resulting into two fission partiicules Ba-141 and Kr-92 and three more neutrons which in turn cause more and more fission states which release a enormous amount of kinetic energy... Pure information right the foundation of a nuclear reaction... but also show a student the negative outcomes.... the nuclear bomb, Hiroshima, and cheronbyl ... and so on then show them the positives as well like nuclear power plants ran responsibly producing light and heat to millions of people ... see we need to show them both the positives soo they can strive to obtain them as well as the negatives so they can learn from them and learn how not to cause them... see the students need both sides of a subject to truly understand it as for righteous thinking I believe that all humans are righteous when they are born after that the world can make them good or bad... we need better mom's and dad's to lay down a strong foundation for righteous thinking upon which teachers can build upon

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