“Philosophical thinking skills are transferable skills that assist a child to do well on tests as well as in the real world.
Rather than simply delivering information, philosophy helps children to think for themselves.
Critical thinking is a tool we use every day. Students use their critical discernment when deciding which job or career they want.
Distinguishing between important information and political rhetoric in the media requires critical thinking. Understanding complex ideas such as how policies might affect the economy, how certain drugs will affect certain patients, or how to design software all require critical thinking.
This is especially important given the increasing proportion of jobs available in STEM fields in the future.
Students who study philosophy also achieve better results overall.
In the US, philosophy majors score the highest out of all disciplines in the LSAT and GRE, tests used for admissions into law school and graduate programs respectively.
The benefits of philosophical training extend beyond doing well on tests, as philosophy majors then go on to have the highest non-STEM earnings of any major, and even earn more than accountants. Not bad for a degree which may be dismissed as not having an obvious vocational application.”
Just as well we’ve made Philosophy compulsory for all Year 9 MHS students next year, then…
Read the full article, by Adam Piovarchy, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney; and Laura D’Olimpio, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Australia at The Conversation.