Philosophy To Be Taught In Ireland’s Secondary Schools


Philosophy will become a part of the secondary school curriculum in Ireland, according to an announcement by Minister of Education Jan O’Sullivan, reported in the Irish Times. The country’s National Council for Curriculum and Assessment will develop a “short course” in philosophy that will be taught to students in the early years of secondary school (approximately ages 12-16). The course would begin in a select number of schools in September of 2016 and eventually include all secondary schools “as teacher capacity to deliver the new subject is developed.” According to the Irish Times:

The Minister says she wants “to give students an opportunity to explore the concepts and ideas of philosophy in the 21st century”. She believes study of the discipline will make “a significant contribution to giving students the tools to critically engage in an informed manner with the world around them.”

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