Many parents have the perception that philosophy does not improve their student’s education. However, philosophy courses may actually help students to improve in their courses in a far greater manner than any would suppose. A case study by the Endowment Education Foundation had the following characteristics:
- Controlled test on the effectiveness of philosophy
- Nine- and Ten-year-old children
- Test comprised of more than 3,000 kids in 48 schools across England
- Classes were for 40-minutes, once a week for a year
- Twenty-two schools acted as a control group, while students at the other 26 took the philosophy class
The Topics Discussed:
- Concepts such as truth, justice, friendship, and knowledge, with time carved out for silent reflection, question making, question airing, and building on one another’s thoughts and ideas.
Results in Academics:
- Increased math and reading scores by the equivalent of 2 extra months of teaching
- Children from disadvantaged backgrounds saw an even bigger leap in performance: reading skills increased by four months, math by three months, and writing by two months
- Teachers also reported a beneficial impact on students’ confidence and ability to listen to others
- The beneficial effects of the philosophy course lasted for two years
- Even though the course was not designed to improve literacy or numeracy, the intervention group continued to outperform the control group long after the classes had finished
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A Philosophy Course For Your High School Student
Similarly, Leadership Society of Arizona teaches a unique leadership philosophy in its course. This philosophy is based off 24-years of research at Arizona State University. This course teaches students a way to learn 5x quicker, how to decrease worry and stress, and a structure that enables them to “know everything without knowing anything”. Consequently, the leadership methodology helps students to develop the mind of an experienced leader at an early age. The course helps students break down complexity by using logic and natural laws to identify and solve issues.
What is Taught?
The course teaches simple natural laws that that will enable students to simplify complexity and understand “the why” with minimal amounts of information. Furthermore, the course material comes from history’s visionaries, including Socrates, Einstein, and Deming. Through discussion, debate, presentations and written assignments, students will learn natural laws that will help them quickly understand people, life, social issues, and themselves.
The main Natural Laws and Logic learned in this course are as follows:
- Cause and Effect
- Natural Laws do not have exceptions
- Everything that you go through is connected to you.
- No one knows everything.
- Extremes simplify life.
- Leadership is aligning resources
Students that have taken LSA’s courses have made lasting changes to their lives, while also improving their academics. As students are less stressed and take more accountability for their lives, they will produce better results in the classroom as shown here and here.
Leadership Society of Arizona Is For All Students
Leadership Society of Arizona works with all students to increase their productivity, to develop their problem-solving skills and to expand on the knowledge that they already have. Catering to the student needs, LSA focuses on coaching students to become successful in all facets of their lives. Sign up for one of our 2017 summer programs here, and if you have any questions, feel free to call Joseph Kashiwagi at 480-313-4488 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.