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Schools should add psychology as a basic and mandatory subject.

I believe that psychology should become a basic and mandatory course for all schools and all grades. My primary reason is that psychology helps people open their minds and live happier. There are many ways a psychologist accomplishes this. Studying psychology helps the student learn more about the human mind and how it operates. Just to be clearer in what I'm trying to say, some of the mandatory courses in schools are: math, science, language and social studies. Now compare each of those 4 courses individually to psychology, weighing the benefits of each. The only course I found that is more essential for a person than psychology is language. But besides that being obvious, why should math or science or social studies be mandatory and psychology not be? The only reason I find any course should be mandatory is that it makes life and coexisting with others easier. I personally can't find any reason why studying psychology shouldn't be mandatory in schools, can you?

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    Dec 13 2012: You may be right, but I am in principle against forcing a nation-wide cirricula. I think I have been in this world long enough to say that ultimately all sciences boil down to an integrated world-view. Based on that I can say something as shocking as this: no matter what you teach you always teach one and the same thing. Therefore it is not really important which subjects is or is not in the curriculum. Everything again, depends on the teacher. If he IS somebody neither what he says nor whether he is undestood is of any great importance. IF only he does not descent from his own level, he raises his audience to his. It simply works like this.

    I.e. If your maths teacher IS somebody, you will not need psychology to live a happier life.

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