a 74-year-old former instructor who now works part-time as a drivers’ schooling teacher for a non-public sector driving college positioned in the western suburbs of Chicago. Generally talking, this driving college attracts 15 and 16-year-old, academically inclined college students preferring studying to drive outdoors of the college day. This private-sector choice permits these college students to load their respective class schedules up with honors courses (not driver’s ed) that, upon highschool commencement, will increase their odds of being accepted into the faculty of their selection.
In quick, I drive with a lot of actually shiny youngsters from 6 completely different public excessive faculties and four completely different non-public excessive faculties, a big proportion of whom are straight A college students. And each certainly one of these youngsters, in their very own distinctive means, is acutely in exploring the numerous points concerned with residing a life that is value residing. But satirically, solely certainly one of these 9 extremely regarded excessive faculties provides a category in the discipline that is particularly designed to discover what it means to reside a life that is value residing – particularly the discipline of Philosophy.
And in this one highschool, philosophy is obtainable strictly as an elective. This means solely a really small proportion of that college’s college students ever go eyeball to eyeball and wrestle with historical past’s most profound and influential thinkers starting from Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle via Aquinas, Descartes, Rousseau, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche, simply to call a number of. While youngsters at the different eight faculties have zero likelihood of studying something about these mental giants aside from their names in an historic context.
A Simple Solution to a Profound Problem
But fortuitously for the youngsters I drive with, I’ve a easy answer. Allow me to introduce you to a podcast entitled “PHILOSOPHIZE THIS.” The Seattle primarily based producer/narrator Steven West does a fully spectacular job of translating some very sophisticated philosophical ideas into plain English. He speaks to the present technology in their phrases. He additionally does an incredible job of offering a context in which these iconic figures might be understood and absolutely appreciated for his or her contributions to the historical past of the human race.
West has been producing his fantastic (free for the asking) podcast since 2013. It at the moment options nearly 150 twenty-five to thirty-minute episodes. The context he gives permits every episode to face by itself. This means that you may hearken to them in chronological order. Or you possibly can choose and select randomly and nonetheless end up with a wealth of information to which only a few highschool or faculty college students in this nation will ever really avail themselves.
It’ll Make Your Wheels Turn…
I confess, in my very own case, “Philosophize This” borders on being addictive. I can hardly put the bloody factor down. But extra importantly for this communique, any scholar who finds the time to present Steven West’s podcast a good shot, might be launched to crucial considering experiences that, in the identify of STEM, are being ignored by trendy instructional methods throughout the nation. In distinction, West will trigger your psychological wheels to show in ways in which you’ve got by no means skilled earlier than. I promise! And, as a result of so few college students will ever avail themselves to those extraordinarily insightful prospects, you may robotically turn into the smartest child in your class by default!