Why There Is A Need For Philosophy in Schools

It can boost children's social skills and academic ability.

Swati Suman
Nov 15, 2020 · 6 min read
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“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence” — Jiddu Krishnamurti

As a child, we observe things deeply. We become curious about the happenings in our environment. We come across experiences that tweak our brain muscles into questioning.

  • Why is the moon called a moon?
  • Where do the thoughts originate from?
  • Why are the rainbows comprised of seven colors?
  • What is a superpower or a miracle?

The Real Meaning Of Philosophy

Having studied the subjects of Philosophy and Psychology as the core in my civil services curriculum, I initially faced resistance. People formed opinions around its subject matter as par below understanding. They state that the text’s readability being difficult involves profound discourses and is merely a complex idea expressed by the Philosophers.

“The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.”

Philosophy defines every subject with a purposeful approach. It is here that wisdom prospers.

The Need For Philosophy In Schools

Life as reality is different from the theories learned. The world’s real experiences comprise complexities, puzzles, and inhibitions, acting as the adventurous road. At this junction, the knowledge of Philosophy becomes essential. If included as a core subject throughout the school years, it will be a powerful addition to other topics studied.

Implemented Programs And Analysis

A recent study was conducted in England on the children of age groups 9 and 10 years old. These children participated in a Philosophy class once a week for forty minutes. Over time, the children showed massive positive results. The study improved their maths progress and reading by an average of two months — although the course wasn’t about improving either of the two skills.

The Psychological Setbacks If Not Included

Individuals today are obsessed with wealth, success, fame, and power. The worldly gains’ intensity is so high that their sole focus is on building economic productivity, thereby making the core identity freeze.

  • The critical thinking collapses.
  • Students exhibit violent behaviors.
  • Feelings of envy, jealousy, and hatred arise.
  • Students feel alienated towards life.

The Final Note

Philosophy, as a subject in the school curriculum, directly influences the personality development of students. It inculcates philosophical dialogues where young people go far beyond their test scores, make a better space for understanding the world, and find meaning in their lives.

“We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

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Swati Suman

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Writing to share and evolve. Subject Inclination: Philosophy, Science, and Humanities. Compassion above All. Email: swatis.writes@gmail.com

The Apeiron Blog

An easy to read philosophical space that aims to elicit discussion and debate on matters of the universe.

Swati Suman

Written by

Writing to share and evolve. Subject Inclination: Philosophy, Science, and Humanities. Compassion above All. Email: swatis.writes@gmail.com

The Apeiron Blog

An easy to read philosophical space that aims to elicit discussion and debate on matters of the universe.

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