Teach Philosophy in High School

Jon Walton, Carlsbad, California

With the size and scope of the problems facing our generation, perhaps it's best to turn to the next -- and teach philosophy in high school. Even a cursory introduction to the people and ideas that have shaped our modern world could allay and perhaps solve the crises of our day, given a critical mass of enlightened minds. Making philosophy an integral part of mandatory education will help tomorrow's citizens not only deal with current issues but prevent future ones by imbuing a sense of ethical responsibility and providing the critical tools needed to pierce the suffocating clouds of spin and doublespeak. As a side bonus, thousands of unemployed philosophy majors will finally have, in addition to job prospects, a rebuttal for snide criticisms such as, "What is a degree in philosophy for, anyway?"

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