Florida to Enable Philosophy Majors to Educate Social Sciences in General public Universities

The Florida Department of Instruction has proposed amending a rule governing what kinds of degrees people who train social science classes in the state’s general public faculties ought to have.

The rule in question, “Specialization Prerequisites for Certification in Social Science, Grades 6-12” (6A-4.03321) at this time states that social science classes in public educational facilities in Florida ought to be taught by anyone with a diploma important of social science, social scientific tests, heritage, political science, geography, sociology, economics, or psychology. The proposed transform would incorporate philosophy to that listing.

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The adjust is lengthy overdue, said experts in the area. They describe misconceptions by critics who fall short to realize that philosophy majors look at questions more broadly and creatively. “They visualize individuals sitting down on mountains and uttering cryptic sayings or a little something,” explained Gene Witmer, undergraduate coordinator for philosophy students at the College of Florida…

“Frankly, philosophy not remaining included was a historic oversight,” Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran explained in an email…

Social sciences [in Florida public schools] commonly include things like classes in psychology, sociology, political science, philosophy, or economics. These types of classes are not made available in every Florida [school]. 

The proposal is expected to be enacted later this month. It is currently up for public remark there will be an official listening to on it upcoming Wednesday.