Philosophy in Schools

The government plans to introduce philosophy as a subject in schools for the first time. A short course in philosophy will be developed for first to third year students in secondary schools. The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan, said she ‘wanted to give students the opportunity to explore the concepts and ideas of philosophy in the 21st century.’

A statement from the Minister’s Department said she believed the study of philosophy will make ‘a significant contribution to giving student the tools to critically engage in an informed manner with the world around them.’

(Source: ‘Philosophy set to be added to school curriculum in junior cycle reform, Irish Times 30/12/2014)