From Iceland — Wants Philosophy Taught In Primary Schools

Wants Philosophy Taught In Primary Schools

Published October 21, 2011

A parliamentary proposal has been submitted that calls for philosophy classes to begin in primary and secondary school. The proposal is supported exclusively by the left wing.
Þór Saari of The Movement is the primary supporter of the proposal, followed by Birgitta Jónsdóttir (M), Álfheiður Ingadóttir (LG), Árni Þór Sigurðsson (LG), Davíð Stefánsson (LG), Ólína Þorvarðardóttir (SocDem), Sigmundur Ernir Rúnarsson (SocDem), Lilja Mósesdóttir (Unaffil.) Their aim is to see philosophy taught in schools within the next four years.
In the language of the proposal, they cite the parliamentary investigative report “Ethics and Work Habits in Connection with the Fall of Icelandic Banks 2008”, wherein it is recommended that philosophy be taught in schools. The reasoning behind this is to teach ethics on every strata of Icelandic society.
The proposal itself states that teaching philosophy to children is a necessity, to convey a sense of right and wrong and a duty to society, but as well to promote critical thinking skills. With these tools, children can grow into adults who become active participants in democracy.
As the proposed changes to school curricula would be vast, the supporters believe the Ministry of Education should have up to four years to complete the task.

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