Florida Changing Rules To Allow Philosophy Majors To Teach Social Sciences In Public Schools

There’s a new career path open to philosophy majors: teaching in the Florida public schools. More specifically, they have now made it legal for philosophers to teach the social sciences. With a starting salary of $47,500 this is a nice new opportunity for folks who want to stay in the classroom.

As WUFT reports:

“The change is long overdue, said experts in the field. They describe misconceptions by critics who fail to understand that philosophy majors consider questions more broadly and creatively.  

“The change expands the pool of teacher candidates for social science courses, which previously required a degree in social science, social studies, history, political science, geography, sociology, economics or psychology. It also means schools that teach philosophy can now hire instructors with a college degree in that field.”

The exclusion of philosophers should not be seen as a judgment against the discipline, however. As the article goes on to say, “‘Frankly, philosophy not being included was a historical oversight,’ Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said in an email.”

For the full article, see WUFT’s webpage: link

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