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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: I don't agree.

    I have a big problem with psychology courses. Psychology is presented as a science, and it should not be.

    Psychology is the study of behavior, but it does not come close to the rigor necessary to be considered science.

    Provided that psychology would not be presented as a science, I think it would be very valuable at the college level, but not before.
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      Dec 13 2012: I'm somewhat confused with your view of psychology. Even though it may not be the most rigorous of the sciences compared to biology, chemistry or physics, does it make it less important to society and the educational system? The point I was trying to get across with this conversation is that essentially psychology helps the human species better understand what they are and how they operate. Even though the study of psychology does not prepare a person to find a cure to cancer or build a robot, and it is definitely not the only way to be happier, yet it does help.

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