All too often, students and parents alike question the value and purpose of a philosophical education. They think that philosophy is either too theoretical or impractical, and believe falsely that it does not provide people with realistic skills for the changing job market.
However, a report from the Association of American Colleges and Universities on Liberal Arts Majors and Employment explains that employers give hiring preferences to college graduates that are innovative, can think critically, have strong written and verbal communication skills, can solve complex problems, and have good ethical judgment. Studying philosophy can offer you these skills, and more.
For the full report, click [HERE].
Further, these critical thinking skills should be developed much earlier in life. The recently released year long study by the Education Endowment Foundation found that children practicing philosophy saw an improvement in their reading, writing and math skills: (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33464258).
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