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How You Can Promote and Support Logic Education

Ask your employer to offer logic training

Training in symbolic logic is the best way to overcome the ambiguities and implications inherent in all natural language. Most of the time, ambiguity and implication are very useful, because they make ordinary communication easier by leveraging common cultural understandings. Imagine how cumbersome and time consuming it would be to spell out every implication and explain every ambiguity in conversations with a friend or coworker. Not fun! But sometimes ambiguities and unspoken implications lead to costly and dangerous mistakes. The way we communicate closely reflects the way we think, and when accuracy is necessary, symbolic logic is our most powerful tool. Logic is not a replacement for natural language, but a tool to make it more accurate when accuracy is called for. Think about business requirements for a complex system, or legal contracts, or specifications for a mission-critical software program, or communication between people with completely different cultural backgrounds. These are only a few scenarios where logic training can save the day. Contact our Center for Logic and Business Communication to arrange logic training for your business or organization.

Ask your local high schools to teach logic

A professor at Stanford University has published a free logic course for high schools. It is available online, but it is designed and intended to be taught by an instructor.  Teachers can prepare to teach logic effectively by attending a 5-day workshop at Stanford, or a traning provided by our institute, which are available on demand at any location or online. Please share this article on Logic in Secondary Education with your local education leaders, and contact us about teacher development for teaching logic.

Host or help plan a high school summer camp

The Institute hosts the Logic Rules summer camp for high school students in the Seattle area, and we partner with other organizations to host camps in other areas. We provide the curriculum and instructors, and the partner organizations provide the students and the venue. We invite teachers at local schools in each area to serve as paid assistant co-instructors, to prepare them to teach logic at their own schools. Contact us to help start a logic camp in your area.

Help organize after-school programs

After-school programs introduce the principles of validity, deduction, and logical consequence with age-appropriate instruction for 5th through 8th graders. These skills apply to learning and reasoning in every subject and prepare young students for further study in logic.

Each school district has different policies for after-school programs, so we rely on parents and PTA organizations to help identify opportunities and get programs started. Contact us to help start an after-school program in your area.

Community Logic Literacy

Community logic-literacy clinics are appropriate for students and adults. We use the Stanford University curriculum which has proven effective for high school and college students from diverse backgrounds. We partner with libraries, community centers, and other organizations to host clinics. Contact us to help host a clinic in your community.

 

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