From my studies over the years, it seems everything stems from a couple basic concepts. Philosophy is the foundation for math, which is the foundation for physics, which is the basis for chemistry, then Biology, then Psychology, etc. etc.
Same thing with other fields, I’d venture to say that philosophy is the foundation of art, which in a sense is the foundation of words and language, which is the basis of History.
So why don’t we teach in that order? I really believe children are smarter than what we give them credit for. Yes, of course, they haven’t developed the reasoning abilities that adults have, but what if rather than teaching them subjects in parallel, we taught them in a pyramid fashion based on what they seemed to be most interested in.
The most basic way to learn about something is to try to really get to know it and recreate it or destroy it as to learn more about it. We often try to do a little of both. Let’s assume that science is the destruction of things, and art is the recreation of things. If we let children move down their own paths towards a greater understanding of the world, then won’t they learn more. Won’t they be able to apply information to a greater range of material.
Then as they learn more and more, they will be on a path to specialize more and more, a quality that doesn’t seem to be taught in our schools and understandably so. Schools teach concepts, not applications, which is why a communications degree is almost useless in today’s market, whereas an engineering degree can get you a job in almost anything you desire. So why do schools teach like this? Well, because they want students to think about many different things as to develop better reasoning and applications, but I believe it fails. I believe that by teaching children in a pyramid scheme that they are building the foundations for their future. They will learn to apply knowledge based on the philosophies they have found, learn to reason based on the math they’ve done, learn to apply information based on the application of these prior fields to biology and psychology.
Here’s my proposition: Teach a child from the ground up. Develop their understanding of why 2+2=4 and why doesn’t 2+2=6, then move to the next concept, rather than throwing a lot of random information at them at once and never building any real concept of WHY things do exactly what they do and why things are the way they are. I believe if children had a better understanding of the world then our futures would look a lot brighter than they currently do.