How to Develop Ideas: The Contribution Philosophy Can Make to Improve Literacy
“‘Since our students are manifestly less able to read and write than they once were, how should philosophers reform their teaching?’ I don't want to question the claim that our students aren't as good as they used to be – everybody knows that, although the evidence for that is fragmentary and questionable, and I do think philosophers should be more hesitant at affirming claims that "everybody knows." But I do object to the assumption that declining literacy is a datum to which philosophy must respond by doing something about how philosophy is taught. I do object to the assumption that declining literacy is a pedagogical problem philosophers and others must face, rather than a philosophical problem. I suggest instead that philosophers may have something to say about how to improve literacy, that philosophy teachers have something to contribute, not only qua teachers, but qua philosophers.”
Garver, Eugene. "How to Develop Ideas: The Contribution Philosophy Can Make to Improve Literacy." Teaching Philosophy 6, no. 2 (April 1983): 97-102. doi:10.5840/teachphil19836240.