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Q: High School Philosophy Textbooks ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: High School Philosophy Textbooks
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: johnharris123-ga
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Posted: 03 Nov 2006 10:35 PST
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Question ID: 779806
I am looking for a complete list of high school philosophy textbooks. 
The list should include title, author and publisher.


Subject: Re: High School Philosophy Textbooks
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 07 Nov 2006 13:10 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
This was a surprisingly challenging question. Philosophy is not often
taught in North American high schools, and there are many fewer
textbooks for this educational level than for college-level courses. I
have identified eight high school philosophy textbooks:

"Philosophy Made Simple"
 Richard H. Popkin and Avrum Stroll
 Doubleday, New York, 1993

"Does the Center Hold?"
 Donald Palmer
 Mayfield Publishing Co., CA, 1996/2002

"The Right Thing To Do"
 James Rachels
 McGraw-Hill, 1999/2003

"Philosophy: The Big Questions"
 Frank Cunningham, Daniel Lalonde, David Neelin and Kenneth Peglar
 Canadian Scholars' Press 

"Philosophy 12: Questions and Theories"
 Laura Gini-Newman and Paul Paquette
 McGraw-Hill Ryerson 

"Philosophy in Action"
 Wayne Sproule
 Fitzhenry & Whiteside

"Fundamentals of Philosophy"
 David Stewart, H. Gene Blocker 
 Prentice Hall

"The Philosopher's Way: Thinking Critically About Profound Ideas"
 John Chaffee
 Prentice Hall

My list was compiled from these sources:

"Philosophy at the High School Level
In 1994 the OAC (Grade 13) Philosophy course was introduced to Ontario
high schools, making Ontario the first and only (English-speaking)
educational jurisdiction in North America to have philosophy as part
of its official secondary school curriculum. Since then, interest
in the course has grown rapidly. In 1998-99, for example, over 6000
secondary school students were enrolled in the course, in over 150
high schools across the province. In 1999, the Ontario Philosophy
Teachers' Association was founded, an association that hosts annual
conferences for high school philosophy teachers, and represents the
interests of high school philosophy teachers at the local, provincial
and national levels. In 2001-2002, with the introduction of the new
secondary school curriculum in Ontario, two new philosophy courses
were introduced to replace the OAC, one at the grade 12 level and one
at the grade 11 level.
Two new philosophy textbooks have accompanied the launch of the new
courses: Philosophy: Questions and Theories (McGraw Hill Ryerson,
2002), for the grade 12 course, and Philosophy: The Big Questions
(Canadian Scholars Press, 2003), for the grade 11 course."

York University: Philosophy at the High School Level 

"Three key texts, authored by high school teachers and university
professors, are used in Ontario classrooms.

Grade 11 
Frank Cunningham, Daniel Lalonde, David Neelin and Kenneth Peglar,
Philosophy: The Big Questions, ISBN 1-55130-230-6, Canadian Scholars?

Grade 12 
Laura Gini-Newman and Paul Paquette, Philosophy 12: Questions and
Theories, ISBN 007-091386-2, McGraw-Hill Ryerson

Wayne Sproule, Philosophy in Action, ISBN 1-55041-109-8, Fitzhenry & Whiteside"

Ontario College of Teachers: Is philosophical inquiry really important?

Philosophy Made Simple,   R. Popkin and A. Stroll, Doubleday, New York, 1993.
Does the Center Hold?,   2nd Ed./3rd Ed., D. Palmer, Mayfield
Publishing Co., CA, 1996/2002.
The Right Thing To Do, 2nd Ed./3rd Ed., J. Rachels, McGraw-Hill, 1999/2003.
Prerequisites:  None.  Grades 11-12."

Seoul Foreign School: Philosophy of Religion

Prentice Hall Online Catalog: Middle & High School Textbooks

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: textbook philosophy "high school"

I hope this is helpful. If anything is unclear or incomplete, or if a
link doesn't work for you, please request clarification; I'll be glad
to offer further assistance before you rate my answer.

Best regards,
johnharris123-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: High School Philosophy Textbooks
From: pinkfreud-ga on 03 Nov 2006 10:39 PST
It is difficult to compile "a complete list" of anything. You are more
likely to get a good response if you request a list of a finite size.
How many titles would provide a satisfactory answer?
Subject: Re: High School Philosophy Textbooks
From: nelson-ga on 05 Nov 2006 08:12 PST
Philosophy is not taught in most high schools.
Subject: Re: High School Philosophy Textbooks
From: johnharris123-ga on 07 Nov 2006 11:43 PST

I would like a list of at least seven high school philosophy textbooks.

Subject: Re: High School Philosophy Textbooks
From: myoarin-ga on 14 Nov 2006 17:46 PST
Not a textbook, but they might also read "Sophie's World" by Jostein
Gaarder "A Novel About The History of Philosophy".

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