Philosophy is a highly reasoned and logical approach to behavior and creating a system of values for oneself and for society in its government; it is key to having an examined life.
The thing is, these skills can be obtained without ever formally studying philosophy.
A whole lot of skills can be obtained without formal study. Formal study is supposed to accelerate the process so you can come up with new stuff.
But I'm not talking about the value of learning philosophy in university for skills (I wouldn't be a philosophy major either), I'm talking about the value of philosophy in general to a person. A person should reason their ethics and ideal behavior for themselves, and come together to reason it for their society, and that IS philosophy.
I'd say the thing Neil Degrasse Tyson wants more than anything, if he hasn't stated as such himself already, is for every up and coming bright young mind to be a scientist. Or, it seems more specifically, a scientist dedicated to advancing technology. Without putting together a defense right now, I just don't think that's... reasonable. Or necessary.
I disagree. He doesn't want every up and coming bright young mind to be a scientist.
He just wants every bright young mind to do something... useful.
I'm sure he'd have no problems with bright people being accountants or travel agents or whatever. Just something that serves a point other then inflating ones own self opinon.
Hell, what to study ethics and how the world works? Pick something like Sociology.