Comments on: French high schoolers struggle with philosophical puzzles http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/18/french-high-schoolers-struggle-with-philosophical-puzzles/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Sarah, diploma owner http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/18/french-high-schoolers-struggle-with-philosophical-puzzles/comment-page-1/#comment-13546 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 18:04:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=6492#comment-13546 I like such questions! It’s much more interesting to think about philosophical puzzles than to describe what Camus or Hehel or whoever else thought :)

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By: Alex http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/18/french-high-schoolers-struggle-with-philosophical-puzzles/comment-page-1/#comment-12767 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 08:53:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=6492#comment-12767 Having passe my baccalauréat and done philosophy in my final year in Lycée, I can only say that it’s a valuable asset to Fernch education.
Even though it is easy to criticise on various aspects such as :
– how can the one correcting the exam remain objective when dealing with papers that may go into conflict with his very own ideals and values?
– is it a worthwhile subject for 18 year olds?

There are a couple of reasons for teaching philosophy in lycée :
– to give students the opportunity to think about fundamental questions he may not necesarily think about. hence helping the student gain maturity, an understanding in ethics and increasing his general knowledge.
– to teach students to channel their thoughts and be able to express them in a logical and organised manner. Philosophy being purely abstract, it is challenging to discuss coherently a given topic.

Although there may be flaws in how it is implemented, it is an integral part of the French educational system and does wonders to the mind when it comes to broadening our horizons when asking ourselves the unanswerable.

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