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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 9 2012: I'm thinking that Henry is wondering if there is any utility or pragmatic application of philosophy. This appears especially germaine these days in light of discussions about the value of a college education (ie, traditional four year, humanities/ liberal arts education without any direct job skills attached). And even in the so-called "core curriculum" that are expected of all graduates from four year institutions. Those need to be paid for and do add on to the overall tuitions. One could ask if there is any intrinsic value to those courses when they may not be directly applicable to one's ultimate career interests (I think they are valuable, by the way, but I can see the other side of the argument).

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