Should philosophy be a core subject other than RS?Watch
yeah. i wasn't a fan of rs and the debates we had in class were so emotional because some believers thought others were trying to personally attack them. plus most of the time everyone just agreed with each other so there was no discussion to begin with. philosophy is more interesting and like you mentioned, it definitely teaches people to think more about things.
Personally i believe learning about religions, and learning their similarities in particular, will be incredibily important to shape future minds to be more accepting in the mutli cultural societies we are becoming.
You will find that most whom have a particular hate toward another relgion, are either misinformed about it or are deliberately ignorant of the particulars - similarilar to any form of hate whereby it is unto someone different to oneself.
Philosophy, or perhaps for a younger GCSE esque audience the basic logical principles and deep outisde of the box thinkibg, is greatly beneficial to any mind, young or old. When grasped and interacted with sufficiently, it enables a firm building ground for intellectual thought and thus debate, rendering students more able to grasp complex concepts via improved logical thought processes or simply their ability to sit and think about it calmly.
Perhaps an 'Opening minds' type class, opening students' minds to the world around them and how to tackle it?
Agreed, this one time in RS a debate about being gay in religion turned to a girl saying her religion forbids being gay, so she thinks it's disgusting. School kids are usually not mature enough to hold a debate that isn't emotionally charged. However, philosophy looks at life through a lens of logic, which is great.
I agree somewhat about the emotionally charged bit. I just don't think that school kids have the knowledge that they need to know. I think all the information they have is very one sided - some school kids only know the stuff they read online and some believe the holy books are everything because they have never opened their mind to new discussion. I'm agnostic so I always found RS lessons dull and when I used to be religious I wanted to solely learn about my religion and I didn't enjoy learning about other faiths that much. Plus based on personal experience most atheists don't care at all about RS lol so yes the logical aspects are needed.