Diana Senechal, the author of “Republic of Noise,” describes the resources and methods she used to teach philosophy to students in a New York City high school.

Students read “The Book of Job,” Plato, Orwell, and other classics and discussed their meaning. It is very satisfying to think that teaching of this quality still survives in the age of teach-to-the-test. Job is never on the test. Just part of life.