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Henry Maldonado
Posted about 2 years ago
What are the arguments for and against philosophy in high school?
Thank you for engaging in the debate. We may not be able to teach someone to read with the eyes if he is blind, but we can teach him to read with his hands--braille. The point being, rarely is someone unable to learn. Instead, we adjust to their abilities and strengths. I know in a debate it is never good to get personal, but I read philosophy at a young age--around nine or ten. I know I am a better person because of it. When I taught Catechism, I taught Socratic principles and the children understood. I assume they are better for it. I am always wary of the study of neuroscience. It is too deafening to know love is something like sound which develops and deteriorates with age.
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Henry Maldonado
Posted about 2 years ago
What are the arguments for and against philosophy in high school?
Thanks for your reply, I do agree if it was taught like a memorization of names and dates it would be pointless. However, I know English Literature Courses do get a bit philosophical--especially when discussing social issues. I wonder, why not teach Socrates or Aristotle to better development reflection and good judgement?
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Henry Maldonado
Posted about 2 years ago
When confronted with new ideas like the ones presented by Mina Bissell, how do we change our views in today's scientific establishment?
This is a great question and I do not want to divert the question, but I think this question is also related to the education gap. Someone asked about making Computer Science a required course. I think this is a good option; many students can relate to computers and would like to know how they work. Consequently, students would have more drive to work up the math and physics necessary to understand it. I do not think that science is any less technical than it ever was. It may be more specialized than before but that is a good thing. It is better to be specific and work with others than be a one man jack of all trades. The point being, we need to get people to a condition where the basics are understood to have the will power to understand more. For me, the first step would be to teach Computer Science to all students at different level, exposing children to a math and science they understand which can be later use to independently verify research.
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Henry Maldonado
Posted about 2 years ago
What are the negative and positive effects of shows such as Two and Half Men and Friends?
I agree with this but can you or someone else elaborate? I know these shows reflect social attitudes, but do they also contribute to them? Especially for those most impressionable. I am not concerned with freedom of speech; I'm not arguing for against their showing. Instead, I am arguing whether it is wise to watch in the first place. Do they create fantastic representations regarding life? Do they force people to live up to a standard that is just not healthy? What are the positive and negative effects of these shows?
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Henry Maldonado
Posted about 2 years ago
Do games really make a better world?
I imagine you are thinking about Game Theory--the mathematics of strategic actions. I think of something like chess in this regard. Has chess improved the world since its inception? I cannot really write yes. Sure, it provides better understanding in strategic actions but it does not replace human relationships.