Teaching Philosophy

Volume 36, Issue 3, September 2013

Philosophy in High Schools

Sean A. Riley
Pages 239-252

Building a High School Philosophy Program

Building a high school philosophy program from scratch requires vision, creativity, determination, and patience. I recount the steps my colleagues and I took to implement philosophy courses at The Stony Brook School and discuss the challenges that arose along the way. I also offer general outlines of the three courses we have implemented (Critical Reading and Reasoning, History of Philosophy, and Ethics and Politics), discuss pedagogical approaches that we have found to work with high school students, and share feedback on the courses from my students.