It was the logical consequence to the petition that yesterday unanimously made all the groups and is now official: The subject of Philosophy will be compulsory in the two Bachillerato courses, as announced by the Ministry of Education.
The department that directs Isabel Celaá picks up in this way the glove that the Congress sent yesterday and it recovers for the last stage of the secondary education the matter, that with the reform of the LOMCE that had made the previous government, of the PP in 2013, He had lost weight and was no longer required. The students will also study the contents of ethics "in the course of ESO most convenient", according to the note issued by the ministry.
"This amendment will be incorporated into the reform of the Organic Law for the Improvement of Educational Quality (LOMCE) that is currently being prepared by the Ministry of Education and FP, which will be presented in the coming months to the Council of Ministers for approval and subsequent processing. parliamentary, "the ministry has reported.
Asked about the specific deadlines, Education has no certainties. From the ministry they explain that they are working as fast as they can, but that beyond presenting it in the Council of Ministers in the coming months, they do not have the certainty of when it will take effect because it depends on the parliamentary procedure. In other words, it is not yet certain that it will enter in time to become a reality the next course.
The Ministry has just taken a day to accept the proposal made yesterday by Congress after approving all groups unanimously the recovery of Philosophy as a compulsory subject.
"Philosophy helps students to think, to create a critical conscience, to settle consciously in time and space (…). We believe that, with it [la obligatoriedad de la materia], we help students who grow up immersed in a world full of information (…) to develop a critical thinking that allows them to distinguish what is important from the accessory and the foundations of the world in which we live ", the minister valued .
The parties agreed yesterday to create a "formative cycle sequenced in Philosophy" during the last three Secondary courses, as it happens with other subjects such as Language, Mathematics and History. In addition, it was agreed to "design a common curriculum for the entire non-university educational system, which at the same time is stable and flexible in content" to ensure that the subject is taught in a similar way throughout Spain.
Philosophy was degraded in the reform of the LOMCE that the former minister José Ignacio Wert designed and that the PP approved alone in 2013. Since the current education law came into force, the subject had ceased to be mandatory in the last semester of Secondary. Faced with this situation, strongly criticized by groups of teachers, educational unions and social movements, many Autonomous Communities had used the margin granted by the law to offer it where the state regulations did not. In the last years, the subject was gaining ground again in the classrooms, even in the regions governed by the PP, such as Galicia.