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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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  • Sep 3 2012: I'm a high school senior taking my second college level philosophy class while still in high school. I became interested in philosophy around my freshman year and my sophomore year took an independent study in the subject. I would say it should be a must for high schools, not only because of the knowledge it teaches in morals, metaphysics, and so on but because of it's argument skills. I see too many of my class mates writing weak papers or making weak arguments when we have debates or discussion groups in classes. Their arguments are full of fallacies, always begging the question, ad ignoratum, ad hominem, red herring, and simple mistakes of form. So high school students often have weak argument making skills and when they have to write their first college paper it doesn't go very well. If high school had philosophy as part of the curriculum things would be much better off.

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