Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Reasoning (!)

This seems like an important campaign in light of recent events in the UK and here:

4 Rs Campaign.

The idea is simple. Schools should be teaching kids how to reason well and so schools should have kids in logic and critical thinking courses before the philosophers get their hands on them in college. I don't know if there's any similar movement in the United States, but there should be. So, make it so.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a nice idea, but can we trust North American teachers (at least without much more philosophical training themselves) to teach kids logic and critical thinking? I'm not encouraged, having seen what passes for a curriculum at schools of education, and having seen the graduates of those schools (who tend to come from the bottom third of their undergraduate cohort). Nothing approaching philosophical rigor there.

Clayton said...

I don't think we can trust the schools of education to train people to do critical thinking, but the dream is that we'd get people the training they need to teach the classes.