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Philosophy is not religion. It must not be taught that way:

 
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Farmer Geddon
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:46 pm    Post subject: Philosophy is not religion. It must not be taught that way:  Reply with quote

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...... The new specification completely excludes the previous options to study aesthetics, free will, all European philosophy since Kant, and – most significantly – political philosophy. This will be all replaced with a compulsory philosophy of religion topic, which will make up 50% of the AS course.

The exam board will also reduce the marks given for students' ability to critique and construct arguments, and more marks will be given for simply knowing the theories involved. Essentially, where young philosophers were previously rewarded for being able to think for themselves and question the role of government, the new course can only be passed by students who can regurgitate classic defences of the existence and perfection of God.

Read more here; http://www.theguardian.com/commen...evel-syllabus-religious-education


The dumbing down of philosophy into theosophy is almost complete!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah  
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah. I do believe you may have both missed the educational overhaul point here. It is the new thinking about levels.

GCSE - one is not expected to think, merely to point out facts using good grammar and a proportion of interesting words

AS - the range of facts is extended to facts about others thoughts. The work must be in a logical order.

ALevel - the range of facts is extended to comment briefly on others thoughts, from textbooks. So A thought x about B.
One is expected to include interesting openings and closings to the work

Bachelors degree - range of facts is extended, and one is expected to reference all the thoughts using the Harvard referencing system (other referencing systems may be allowed, so long as the referencing system can be referenced).
One is also expected to have an introduction, three middle sections and a conclusion.

Masters degree - range of facts extended to esoteric and unpublished references (which still must be referenced). Any deviation from the Harvard referencing system must not only be referenced but must be backed up by a paragraph of argument.
Independent thought is expected, but should comprise no more than 30% of the work, and must be clearly linked to the work of others
The introduction must contain a signposting paragraph, and indicate who you are as author, and why you have the temerity to write the essay in the first place.

Doctorate It is recommended that one spends 10 years practicing ramming ones views on the work of one other thinker of note carefully up one's bottom, and then creating a collage out of the effects. This must be published in a peer reviewed journal. Complete maulings may result in a low mark. Any indication of views which do not fit in with the agreed viewpoint will result in your work being completely ignored until your death. Which had better be quick.



I do hope this clears things up....
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

 

Excellent!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theosophy in action....
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Farmer Geddon wrote:
Theosophy in action....


I wonder what you think Theosophy is.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I must admit I'm a bit confused by your OP Farmer

Maybe I'm confused about theosophy - it's not something I've gone into in any depth - but I can't see that this report of the new syllabus has anything about theosophy, active or inactive, in it.  

Help me out, Farmer, old boy.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new specification completely excludes the previous options to study aesthetics, free will, all European philosophy since Kant, and – most significantly – political philosophy. This will be all replaced with a compulsory philosophy of religion topic, which will make up 50% of the AS course.

The exam board will also reduce the marks given for students' ability to critique and construct arguments, and more marks will be given for simply knowing the theories involved. Essentially, where young philosophers were previously rewarded for being able to think for themselves and question the role of government, the new course can only be passed by students who can regurgitate classic defences of the existence and perfection of God.

Read more here; http://www.theguardian.com/commen...evel-syllabus-religious-education

As for Theosophy.. make up your own definition, it will be just as pointless as mine as it is a meaningless phrase, like "theology" - totally meaningless.. a study of something that doesn't, and never will exist.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't open the page Farmer but what a backwards step! That sounds appalling. Was any justification given?

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