"Why is it important to develop a philosophical mindset?" This is the question I had to answer this week for my philosophy class. I replied that a philosophical mindset encourages critical thinking and understanding of ideas and beliefs; but, most importantly, it reveals things about ourselves and our own worldviews that we may not have known before. I used an example of my educational philosophy. For years and years (prior to having children of my own), I was totally opposed to a progressive form of education. I used all of the arguments that anti-progressive eduction, anti-unschooling people use. Then Taliesin came along. After observation and soul-searching, I discovered that not only I did agree with progressive education and unschooling, but we have changed our entire lifestyle to meet the needs of my sons through these philosophies. Hmm. I think I'm going to like this class.
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