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This child is a breath of fresh air in these times of right-wing CRAZY. He, at the early age of 17 has gone through an epiphany of an entire lifetime (--78.2 years in the USA--). Starting out at the age of 13 as a conservative pundit (His political philosophy, he now believes came from the right-wing hate radio that he listened to everyday in his home of Georgia.) spouting all the right words that the right-wing radio talk hosts repetitively (ad nauseam) jam down the throats of their obedient, low information listeners.

Jonathan, has a brilliant mind and can memorize volumes of information all at once; so in essence the garbage went in from the right-wing hate radio and he pumped it out from his innocent frontal lobes. Now that he is older, he is pondering upon those programmed, unenlightened thoughts that he believed were correct and finds out that so many of his beliefs were not only wrong but did not coordinate with his perception of life. HAT'S OFF TO JONATHAN KROHN! thinkingblue

Philosophy for Children
First published Thu May 2, 2002; substantive revision Mon Jun 8, 2009

In the United States, philosophy typically makes its formal entry into the curriculum at the college level. A growing number of high schools offer some introduction to philosophy, often in special literature courses for college bound students. In Europe and many other countries, it is much more common to find philosophy in the high school curriculum. However, philosophy prior to high school seems relatively uncommon around the world. This may suggest that serious philosophical thinking is not for pre-adolescents. Two reasons might be offered for accepting this view. First, philosophical thinking requires a level of cognitive development that, one may believe, is beyond the reach of pre-adolescents. Second, the school curriculum is already crowded; and introducing a subject like philosophy will not only distract students from what they need to learn, it may encourage them to become skeptics rather than learners. However, both of these reasons can be challenged. They will be addressed in turn. MORE HERE:

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  •  Best line so far - (7+ / 0-)

    "I wasn't duped - I CHANGED MY MIND!"

    Something that the conservabots simply cannot comprehend. It does not make you a traitor to change your mind or evolve your position. It just makes you an ADULT.

    I still believe that the conservative movement is being run by people who have never grown up emotionally past the age of seven, which is what makes them so dangerous.

    Science can tell you how to clone a dinosaur. Humanities explains why this is a bad idea.

    by Killer of Sacred Cows on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:06:37 AM PDT

  •  I saw this interview (5+ / 0-)

    I remember watching Jonathan on TV when he was 13 and feeling depressed that such a young person could be so thoroughly versed in the language of conservatism.  When he came on Hardball yesterday I almost turned the channel.  But to hear him now is a wonderful testament to his intellect, open-mindedness, and maturity.

    My nephew, just out of college, is involved in teaching philosophy to high school kids.  A very worthy pursuit! (and I was a philosophy major myself, eons ago)

    "We *can* go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin!" -- Sinclair Lewis

    by Nespolo on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:12:10 AM PDT

  •  Leave the kid alone (3+ / 0-)

    What makes Krohn special was that he was exploited by the tpubs.  There are a number of young guns on this site who deserve higher praise for being progressive from the start, rather than being praised for having some highly publicized "awakening".  What happened to Krohn is exactly what the tpubs fear will happen to their base - if they open themselves to reason and critical thinking they will not fear people who are different from themselves.

    The attacks from the cons against Krohn are despicable, but we should let the kid grow and not exploit him further.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:28:01 AM PDT

  •  He was duped. (0+ / 0-)

    Although he is probably loathe to admit it.

  •  Duped? no just reflected his environment... (0+ / 0-)

    I have met reasonable people who  think they are conservative since that is their background and yet they think more like a liberal and you wonder what it would take to get them to cut the habits and trappings and shed the nominal self identity that does not fit them... they just have not taken the extra self reflective steps that this kid has taken on his own.

    And the same goes for instinctive fascists who think they are liberals... it is more loyalty to their tribe in which they tend to fascistic methods and tendencies to defend their liberalness... but they really would be more honest with themselves if they just embraced their inner bigot their true narrowmindedness... their liberal facade is what they think they are...

    Most good people who do not have a narrow streak of fear, tribalism, resentment and authority deference can think themselves out of a conservative upbringing... the rest may just stay either out of habit or because it is what they are...

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 02:23:09 PM PDT

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