Learn to Write Alphabets

Back to school! Moms, are you having a hard time teaching your preschoolers how to write the alphabets? This video is a fun way to teach them. Good luck!


KIMBERLY BALTAZAR, the contributor, is from a university in Manila, Philippines who hopes this poem she wrote 3 years ago would be published here at www.OurHappySchool.com. (You, too, can have your articles published here. Send them through e-mail to OurHappySchool@yahoo.com)

I WISH, I WISH upon a star
Let not thy admirer fail
For my desire is kind of rare
More than in an ocean can a ship ever sail
More than can Poseidon ever see
The oceans of desire deep within me ...


Subjectivism: Another challenge in Ethics



"...  Ethical Subjectivism is the idea that our moral opinions are based on our feelings, and nothing more. In this view, there is no such thing as “objective” right or wrong. It is a fact that some people are homosexual and some are heterosexual; but it is not a fact that one is good and the other bad. So when someone says that homosexuality is wrong, he is, according to the theory, not stating a fact about homosexuality but merely saying something about his feelings toward it ..."


Cultural Relativism: A challenge in Ethics

"... the ancient Persian King Darius was once intrigued by the diversity of customs and cultures he came across in his journeys. He had noticed, for example, that a tribe of Indians called Callatians customarily ate the corpse of their fathers. The Greeks, on the other hand, performed cremation as they considered the funeral pyre as the natural and appropriate means to dispose of the deceased ..."



Secularists' explanations on some ethical facts

AT LEAST THREE PHILOSOPHICAL CAMPS that reject “God-based morality” ([1] the non-theists, [2] those who say that there may be God but morality does not at all come from a Supernatural being, and [3] those who hold that “Godless morality” is better than “God-based morality” regardless of whether or not there is God) offer various explanations for some facts about morality. Let us check if their explanations that do away with the idea of God could really explain the ethical facts they wish to explicate.


10 common errors in students' papers



WELL, TEACHERS TOO sometimes commit them. And these errors occur not just in students’ papers but also during recitations and in answering essay questions during exams.

Tim O’Keefe of University of Minnesota at Morris, in his article “Some Common Grammar and Usage Mistakes in Undergraduate Philosophy Papers” (© 2001 Tim O'Keefe), explains how the following terms are properly used:

 1. “They” and “their”

This sentence is grammatically incorrect: “Billy exclaims that someone has to be responsible for their actions, they have to be accountable to their own deeds.” O’Keefe explains that “’they’ and ‘their’ are plural pronouns, not singular ones.” Since “someone” is a singular pronoun, “their” and “they” are not supposed to be used in the sentence.  O’Keefe gives, as an example, the following sentence that contains a similar mistake: “A person who cares only about their own happiness will not achieve happiness.”




OurHappySchool is our JOURNAL too

OurHappySchool.com ADVOCATES THE PRINCIPLE that we also learn from each other by reading each other's literary and journalistic works.

That OurHappySchool may become a pool of various information from anybody, it accepts contributions from anyone (students, graduates, teachers, out-of-school youths, etc.) which would be published on-line ...


So what's wrong with my argument? (IV)

INFORMAL FALLACIES > Miscellaneous Fallacies

The following types of invalid arguments do not fall under the fallacies of relevance, presumption, and ambiguity, but are nonetheless considered informal fallacies.


It involves submitting an argument which carries contradictory or inconsistent premise(s).

            The doctor cured the incurable disease.

Remember that an inconsistent premise can never produce a necessarily true conclusion.

False Analogy

In a false analogy, one erroneously presupposes that because two things are alike in one aspect, they must be alike in others.

In His will to gather the children of Jerusalem together, the Lord Jesus Christ, said, “… I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…” (Mt. 23:37)

Prea © 2010 by Jensen dG. Mañebogcher: Therefore, Jesus Christ, like a real hen, must have (physical) wings ...


So what's wrong with my argument? (III)

INFORMAL FALLACIES > Fallacies of Ambiguity

Some forms of invalid arguments originate from the imprecise use of language. An ambiguous word, phrase, or sentence is that which has two or more distinct meanings. Hence, the fallacies of ambiguity all include a confusion of two or more different senses.


This takes place when an ambiguous word or phrase in one of its meanings is used in one of the statements and in another of its meanings in other proposition(s).

e.g. Man is a rational being. No woman is a man. Therefore, no woman is a rational being ...


So what's wrong with my argument? (II)

INFORMAL FALLACIES > Fallacies of Presumption

FALLACIES OF PRESUMPTION are ineffective in providing sufficing reason for their conclusion to be accepted as true. However, in cases such as these, the erroneous reasoning is the result of an inferred supposition of some further proposition, the truth of which is doubtful or still debatable.


The fallacy of accident states some principle that is generally true and errs when it applies this principle to an accidental or exceptional case. In other words, this fallacy is committed when one takes a general rule and applies it to its atypical or exceptional cases ...



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