|by steven n fettig|
The class started and I loved it. I have always loved math, logic, and arguing deep questions. In other words everything that the class was about. I seriously considered getting a minor in philosophy but I was too close to being done and did not want to stay in school any longer (later I considered going to grad school in philosophy).
So hopefully my point is clear. If I had never been forced to study philosophy I may never have been exposed to a great field that I find very interesting. (on the other hand I was forced to take a music appreciation course of classical music that I hated. The reason may very well have been the skill of the teacher).
So my question is should learning every be forced on a learner? If so when? What content is so important that learners should be coerced to learn it.
If not, how do we ensure that learners in an open system are exposed to varied and critical content for being a successful citizen?