The Value of Pre-Collegiate Philosophy
July 6, 2012
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Anthony Holdier argues in Education Week that teaching philosophy early will, among other things, help students think clearly about and synthesize the information they learn in other classes.
Incorporating philosophy into the standard precollegiate curriculum would be a powerful step in combating the disjunctiveness of the present school model. Education no longer follows an intentional narrative that leads students along the path toward becoming productive members of society. Instead, we are left with a meaningless collection of disconnected facts that are devoid of any overarching worldview. Philosophy can help equip our students to tie these loose ends together into useful perspectives that can shape them into responsible citizens. It is the study of philosophy, with the goal of forming a personal worldview, that can turn a student’s education from a blended mixture of staccato notes into something harmoniously symphonic.