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Introduce philosophy into the Leaving Certificate

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In February 2012, the Royal Irish Academy for Philosophy and Ethics submitted a curriculum for a Leaving Certificate philosophy course to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Despite these encouraging initial steps, the Department of Education halted this process last year.

As Budget 2014 approaches, it should once again be emphasised that Irish citizens require a philosophical education to engage enthusiastically, critically, and independently with society. Because these educational goals are rights rather than commodities, they should not depend upon budgetary restrictions.

This petition is a call for the Education Minister Ruari Quinn to continue his efforts to expand the curriculum by introducing philosophy as a full subject. In September 2013, President Michael D. Higgins enthusiastically recommended the introduction of such a course.

All signatories are welcome, especially those with Irish affiliation. Please circulate as widely as possible to students, teachers, and other interested parties.


Further reading:

‘Toward an ethical economy’ – Michael D. Higgins, Dublin City University, 11th September 2013

“It’s time to start teaching philosophy as a formal subject,” Steven Lydon, the Irish Times, August 2013

“Now is the time for revolution in the classroom,” Elaine Byrne, the Irish Times, August 2010

“Educating free minds only route to true ethics,” Michael Cronin, the Irish Times, February 2010

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