I am a 74-year-old former trainer who now works part-time as a drivers’ schooling teacher for a non-public sector driving college positioned within the western suburbs of Chicago. Typically talking, this driving college attracts 15 and 16-year-old, academically inclined college students preferring studying to drive outdoors of the varsity day. This private-sector possibility 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 alternative.
Briefly, I drive with plenty of actually shiny children from 6 totally different public excessive colleges and four totally different personal excessive colleges, a big share of whom are straight A college students. And each one in every of these children, in their very own distinctive manner, is acutely thinking about exploring the varied points concerned with residing a life that is value residing. However sarcastically, solely one in every of these 9 extremely regarded excessive colleges gives a category within the subject that is particularly designed to discover what it means to dwell a life that is value residing – specifically the sector of Philosophy.
And on this one highschool, philosophy is obtainable strictly as an elective. This implies solely a really small share of that faculty’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 by Aquinas, Descartes, Rousseau, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche, simply to call a couple of. Whereas children on the different eight colleges have zero likelihood of studying something about these mental giants aside from their names in an historic context.
A Easy Answer to a Profound Downside
However luckily for the children I drive with, I’ve a easy answer. Enable me to introduce you to a podcast entitled “PHILOSOPHIZE THIS.” The Seattle based mostly producer/narrator Steven West does a fully spectacular job of translating some very sophisticated philosophical ideas into plain English. He speaks to the present era of their phrases. He additionally does an ideal job of offering a context during which these iconic figures may 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 supplies permits every episode to face by itself. This implies you can take heed to them in chronological order. Or you may choose and select randomly and nonetheless end up with a wealth of information to which only a few highschool or faculty college students on this nation will ever actually avail themselves.
It will Make Your Wheels Flip…
I confess, in my very own case, “Philosophize This” borders on being addictive. I can hardly put the bloody factor down. However extra importantly for this communique, any pupil who finds the time to offer Steven West’s podcast a good shot, will likely be launched to crucial considering experiences that, within the title of STEM, are being ignored by trendy academic methods throughout the nation. In distinction, West will trigger your psychological wheels to show in ways in which you have 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 change into the neatest child in your class by default!