How can I promote logic education?
Ask your employer to offer logic training
Training in symbolic logic is the best way to improve communication and overcome costly mistakes that arise from ambiguity and unspoken implications. In most ordinary communication, ambiguity and implication serve a useful purpose; they make communicating easier by leveraging common cultural understandings. Imagine how cumbersome it would be to spell out every implication and explain every ambiguity in a conversation with a friend or coworker. Not fun! And not necessary.
But sometimes ambiguities and unspoken implications lead to costly and dangerous mistakes. The way we communicate closely follows the way we think, and when accuracy is necessary, symbolic logic is our most powerful tool. Symbolic logic is not a replacement for natural language, but a tool to make it more accurate when accuracy is needed. 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
The Stanford Logic Group 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 traning provided by our institute, which is 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 logic.
Host or help plan a high school summer camp
The Institute partners with other organizations to host the Logic Rules summer camps. We provide the curriculum, instructors and program activities, and partner organizations provide the students and the location. We also invite local teachers to serve as paid assistant co-instructors. This helps prepare them to teach logic at their own schools. Contact us to 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 grades. 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 secondary students and adults of all ages. 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.