The Young Turks University recently did a video on a submission by a former philosophy student at UC Berkeley on this person’s decision to take a less traditional route with his philosophy major.
Although the video is focusing on the social pressures of choosing a major, I would like to draw attention to this particular submitter and his admirable cause. To elaborate, Autif, a philosophy major attending UC Berkeley, decided not to take the traditional route of getting a law degree or becoming a professor as expected. Instead, he chose to be an elementary school teacher with the specific purpose of introducing students K-5 to logic and reasoning classes.
Although I cannot recall the particular study/article I read about this in the past (I would be glad if someone could direct me to it or something similar so I can make an update), I can say it has been proven that such classes in logic, reasoning, and problem solving in its purest sense, is extremely beneficial to elementary school children. These skills are typically explained to be the byproduct of what a well-done mathematics education is supposed to do to help young children. Having classes that focus specifically on obtaining these skills would not only be interesting, but revolutionary if applied well across the current education system.
So all in all, I would like to dedicate this post to Autif specifically for his efforts. I’m not sure if many people who saw the TYTU video understand the significance of his current goal, but I just want to say I greatly respect you for all you are trying to accomplish.