December 4, 2023


It's Your Education

Florida to Allow Philosophy Majors to Educate Social Sciences in Community Universities

The Florida Section of Education and learning has proposed amending a rule governing what kinds of levels people who educate social science lessons in the state’s general public faculties need to have.

The rule in question, “Specialization Demands for Certification in Social Science, Grades 6-12” (6A-4.03321) at this time states that social science lessons in community educational institutions in Florida will have to be taught by an individual with a diploma key of social science, social scientific studies, history, political science, geography, sociology, economics, or psychology. The proposed modify would incorporate philosophy to that checklist.

[Dana Hargrove, “Arcadia ii-viii”]

National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate WUFT reports:

The modify is lengthy overdue, reported specialists in the field. They describe misconceptions by critics who fail to realize that philosophy majors take into account questions much more broadly and creatively. “They picture people sitting on mountains and uttering cryptic sayings or some thing,” explained Gene Witmer, undergraduate coordinator for philosophy students at the University of Florida…

“Frankly, philosophy not currently being provided was a historical oversight,” Education and learning Commissioner Richard Corcoran explained in an email…

Social sciences [in Florida public schools] usually consist of programs in psychology, sociology, political science, philosophy, or economics. These programs are not made available in every Florida [school]. 

The proposal is predicted to be enacted later this month. It is presently up for public comment there will be an formal listening to on it following Wednesday.