Up Front: Oh, Grow Up
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Geoff Lealand, in reply to
You can teach Philosophy and get NCEA credit under other subject headings, such as Religious Studies and Social Sciences. My wife teaches Philosophy under the latter. There is an organisation NZ Teachers of Philosophy at http://nztap.net and apparently they are developing Philosophy NCEA Achievement Standards,
DexterX, in reply to
My thinking was more along the lines of the teaching of Basic Psychology including Communcaition Styles, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Rational Thinking adn linking this to practical aspects such goal setting, problem solving etc.
Not Philosophy as such or the Philsophy of the Mind - the mind body question.
One of the first indicators of approaching adulthood, was finding myself wearing a sensible coat to a gig, in case it rained on the way home. No, not an anorak.
Next was looking around and finding I was with all the other dads near the mixing desk, stroking our beards and discussing the mix, watching the kids jumping around up front.
Emma Hart, in reply to
You can teach Philosophy and get NCEA credit under other subject headings, such as Religious Studies and Social Sciences.
Yes, my son will get his first Religious Studies credits this year because of this. Which to me makes it even more ridiculous. Religious Studies is a more acceptable academic discipline than Philosophy? Really?
Geoff Lealand, in reply to
There is also basic Psychology taught in NZ schools (eg Avondale College, Nayland College) with NCEA assessment at all three levels.
New Zealand schools are more interesting places than when I went to school....
Tess Rooney, in reply to
It possibly came about because of intergrated faith schools. Religious studies is a core subject at Catholic schools so perhaps they got NCEA qualifications for it. But I'm only guessing here.
Also yes, philosophy should absolutely be taught at school.
You can do Philosophy at school in Australia (or Victoria, at any rate). My daughter did it and loved it. Led to some great conversations at home too. Talking about Nietzsche with 16 year olds is fun.
Brent Jackson, in reply to
My son dropped Philosophy this year (year 12), because although he loved the classroom discussions on morals, ethics, and other "big" questions, he was annoyed at having to do Religous Studies and Art History in order to get NCEA credits. I've been told that change is coming, but it'll be too late for my kids ...
I have a philosophy degree. I suppose that makes me marginally more able to deal with certain questions. I felt a little grown up when I graduated. I felt a little philosophical. I did a history degree, and felt a little more grown up. And a little more historical. I lived in different countries. I felt a little more indifferent.
Since house prices have just reached two thirds of a million dollars in Auckland, I'll never be able to use house ownership as a ticket to grownupedness. I might have to have children and watch them grow up instead.
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