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Human rights and philosophy should be taught in school!

As a member of the Sudanese community, where human rights are constantly violated and where people, mostly the younger generations, do not tend to engage in critical issues affecting the whole nation, I believe that Education should be changed and transformed into teaching the students how to think philosophically and lay the foundation for that since nursery school, rather than indoctrinating them with ideologies and beliefs that would just dull their minds and make them incapable of questioning things, and taking initiative to find solutions to problems.
Many people here are very unaware of their rights, know nothing about vital issues like economics, for example, and completely oblivious to what's written in the Constitution.


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    Feb 6 2013: human rights, no doubt

    philosophy is more problematic. i would like it in schools, but what philosophy? which philosophy? there is no consensus within the field, so it is impossible to create a "proper" curriculum.

    economics, also agree. i even started to design a series of classroom games, but then had no time to develop.
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      Feb 6 2013: Philosophy should be a way of thinking and living, rather than just a subject full of theories of different types that we have to memorize and get examined on by the end of a school year .
      That’s why it’s the mother of all sciences, It entails economics, human rights, biology, maths, politics, religion…and the list goes on. Teaching all these subjects with a philosophical perspective, i.e, analyzing why did these sciences arise in the first place, and discussing the reasons behind the various theories we live by and often don’t question, I believe is going to be a major turning point in the history of nations.

      I can see where you’re coming from when you state that philosophy is problematic! But once you embrace it as a “ way of thinking” like I mentioned above, Don't you think it'll turn out to be very rewarding?
      I’m very impressed with your idea;Teaching economics to children, I hope we get the chance to talk about it soon in depth.
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        Feb 6 2013: okay, but what to teach if we can't agree which philosophy is true?

        economics class: how soon? :) i can describe what i came up with so far if you wish
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          Feb 6 2013: Well i think teaching about great thinkers would be good enough.
          Should include history of philosophy and also what branches of philosophy exist.
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          Feb 16 2013: We don't have to agree on any philosophy, the mere exposure of students to different lines of thought will stimulate their brains and improve their analytical skills, and it will also make the teaching process more realistic and would probably make the students more confident getting engaged in issues that they normally feel intimidated by like politics for example :).
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          Feb 16 2013: Dont think about teaching in such a narowminded fashion of one person standing infront and presentig facts, that system is hugely flawed anyways.

          when teaching philosophy dont teach facts, dont tell, but ask thats what philosophy is about.
          You could start out with presenting questions to your students like "is it right to harm someone"
          there will in the optimal case be 20 diffrent opinions in one classroom and students will quickly figure out that there is no easy answer. From this point you could step on to reasoning what reasoning means, how mathmatical reasoning is done, just teaching the basic concepts of logic and reasoning.
          Then making another step and asking those deeper questions how would a perfect society look like. Once youve figured out those basic principles inside your classroom (the principles a perfect society would have to fullfill ) you could step back to those specific rules as (is it right to harm someone) and see if the outcome will be diffrent this time around.
          Ofcourse opnening up to all subjects students may stumble upon (maybe someone comes up with talking / discussing economic systems ... well go ahead and discuss).

          What this would require though is a completely neutral teacher and a grading systems which doesnt look for answers but the way in which an answer is presented and wether said answer has been given before (just repeating what youve read in a philosophers book should be valued lesser then creating own thoughts.)

          So the goal of the class would be to create students who think for themselves, at least thats what i would like to see.

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