Here are 3 enjoyable ways to introduce homeschool high schoolers to Philosophy and why you should.
3 Enjoyable Ways to Introduce Homeschool High Schoolers to Philosophy and Why You Should
When many people hear the word *philosophy*, their eyes roll and their brains think: Stuffy! Boring! Not relevant for real life!
But here’s an irritating truth: Philosophers run the world!
Or rather: philosophers’ ideas run the world!
Think about the moral, political, medical, business and ethical messes our world is experiencing. Think about the good things that are happening in those same arenas.
Each area is being guided by a set of ideas. These ideas are philosophies. There are many different philosophies and they drive our culture from behind the scenes.
When we watch news, advertisements, notice fashion, choose a medical insurance plan or vote, we are participating in the particular philosophic ideas that are creating those things.
When homeschool high schoolers learn to recognize ideas behind actions, they can:
- More easily spot manipulation in advertising
- More quickly recognize misguided information in social media
- Make better decisions for themselves
- Vote more responsibly when the time comes
- Become world changers, themselves
Besides this, adolescents are at the age where they need to ask big questions and wrestle with ideas. It is part of brain development called *metacognition*. Questioning and thinking is a teenage *itch* that can be scratched by studying Philosophy.
Thus, it is wise to teach teens to be wise idea-recognizers and thinkers. Philosophy is the love of wisdom. Wisdom is a wise thing to study AND philosophy doesn’t need to be boring or intimidating. It CAN be accessible and useful for homeschool high schoolers.
Here are 3 enjoyable ways to introduce homeschool high schoolers to philosophy.
*Turn World History credit into something useful! 7Sisters’ History and Philosophy of the Western World uses a lighthearted, accessible, interesting format to give homeschool high schoolers an overview of world history and the ways the philosophers of each time period influenced what was happening. While learning useful world history, teens are also learning the basic philosophic thinking skills.
Teens earn a full World History credit using this no-busywork ebook text. It is adjustable to various levels from college prep through rigorous honors by adding suggested engaging assignments.
We heard from so many teens that they liked History and Philosophy of the Western World so much that they wanted more, which leads us to:
*Learn basic Philosophy at a fun, novice level. For teens ready to learn some real Philosophy but at a high school level, download Philosophy in 4 Questions by Dr. Micah Tillman. A favorite course for many of those teens who ask big questions, this no-busywork text is great for thinking and discussion in a group or as an individual study.
When teens complete Philosophy in 4 Questions, they are better prepared to ask big questions and explore answers as well as notice the ideas/philosophies behind many things, events and activities in our culture and world.
*Learn basic Apologetics with a FREE course. Apologetics is a philosophical look at our faith and learning the tools for defending it. 7Sisters’ popular Apologetics course was constructed and given as a gift to homeschool families by Dr. Gerald R. Culley, Professor Emeritus of Classics from University of Delaware.
The lessons are presented in a no-preparation-needed format with voice-over PowerPoints. Just sit, watch and discuss! Teens who complete this course have told us they feel more ready to explain why they believe.
These introductory philosophy courses are enjoyable and help your homeschool high schoolers be better prepared to be the thinkers of the future. Download a course for your teens.