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Philosophy to be taught in schools for first time in decades

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday the social studies subjects that will be taught to school students, which include history, geography, national and civic education, and for the first time in four decades, philosophy. The decision has been equally praised and criticized.اضافة اعلان

Executive Director of the National Center for Curriculum Development Sherin Hamed told Jordan News that philosophy will be part of the civil education text book for students from the first to the 10th grade.

“The critical thinking and analysis skills related to philosophy will be included in the curriculum. These skills are an introduction to philosophy that the student will be exposed to through the curriculum, in grades one through ten,” Hamed added.

Starting with the 11th grade and until the end of the high school, philosophy will be taught in a separate manual as part of the curriculum, Hamed said.

According to Hamed, the knowledge students acquire from the first to the 10th grade will enable them to form opinions and deal with the subject of philosophy independently.

Regarding the implementation of the decision, which was approved by the Education Council, Hamed said that the manuals will be written as soon as the final approval is given.
... Philosophy will be taught to equip students to develop critical thinking, be able to analyze and argue through topics that are compatible with the mental and emotional development of the learners.
Hamed added that philosophy will be taught in the first year to the first, fourth, seventh, and 10th grades; in the following year it will be taught to the second, fifth, eighth and 11th grades, and in the third year to the third, sixth, ninth and 12th grades.

That way, she said, students will study a new subject as they advance in years, without repeating the topics studied in previous years.

Saleh Al-Omari, director of the Curriculum Department at the Ministry of Education, told Jordan News that philosophy will be taught to equip students to develop critical thinking, be able to analyze and argue through topics that are compatible with the mental and emotional development of the learners.

Omari said that the world constantly changes its school curricula, and that most countries teach philosophy, adding that it is very important for students to think and ask questions in a scientific and structured manner.

He said that it is necessary to seek the assistance of philosophy graduates, and that teachers who teach social studies will undergo training, in terms of content and teaching methods, within a training and qualification program.

Rahaf Al-Sourani, an educator in the private sector, told Jordan News that focus should not be placed on philosophy, as students today need more practical, dynamic, and interactive materials to enrich their skills.

Sourani added that student needs more technical studies, particularly now that the world turns to artificial intelligence.

The ministry’s decision to reintroduce philosophy in schools has been praised and denounced on social media. While some saw this as a move to encourage independent thinking and logical approach to problem solving, others were suspicious of the motives believing that the decision had sinister goals aimed at distancing students from religion and promoting secularism.


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