Considering the supposed emphasis that the Irish education system places on critical thinking, is there not a case to be made for Philosophy to be taught as a stand-alone subject at Leaving Cert level?
In some countries, it is mandatory that this subject be studied. For example in France where it is a compulsory element of the Bac Litteraire, students are required not simply to understand the arguments of the philosophers studied, but to use their arguments to answer questions such "Can one be right in spite of the facts?". Given the rote-learning nature of much of the Leaving Cert (not necessarily a negative, BTW), would such a subject encourage deeper thinking among young adults? After all, all great discoveries and endeavours in all areas and disciplines start with a hypothesis or question even if success has been happened upon by chance (am thinking Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin).
So, what do you think? Could philosophy, as a subject at LC level, potentially stimulate the next great Irish success story in the arts, science or business worlds? Or is this simply a subject worth studying for its own sake?
BBC News - Why does France insist school pupils master philosophy?
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