I consider myself to be a logical person, but I have had no formal training in Logic. I usually hold my own in a debate, if I am knowledgeable or passionate about a subject. I’m comfortable making a sensible statement from my point of view. Until recently, I didn’t realize that the art of reasonable argument can be taught. I didn’t know that curriculum is available for teaching Logic, and that “mastery of logic is a requisite skill for mastering other subjects.”
It covers 28 fallacies of relevance, presumption and clarity, over 28 chapters. This is an introduction to the informal fallacies. It was designed with Junior High students in mind, but my older children, who have had no previous teaching in logic, are learning the definitions and fallacies that are presented, as well. The more they practice them, the quicker they are able to recognize them.
The publisher states that “fallacies are present on the political left and right (and in the middle) and in the arguments of people of all kinds of political, religious, and cultural viewpoints. No one ‘school of thought’ is fallacy-free!” We and our children are bombarded with political jargon, especially in this election year, advertisements and commercials, editorials, etc. Having the skills to wade through the swamp of errant information and clearly identify the flawed arguments is critical to finding the truth.
We have not completed this course, but we already utilize what we have learned. We have more awareness of the need to filter and evaluate what we hear, plus we’re learning to use the tools of detection and analysis that we’ve been given. Yes, I said we. I am learning to be even more logically reasonable in my
arguments discussions. Jokingly, my husband is not amused, as he already believed my talents have been wasted and I should have become a lawyer. I reason that I’d do well to take advantage of learning logic now, making sure my children don’t get ahead of me!
Classical Academic Press offers classical curricula and media in Latin, Spanish, Greek, French, Logic, Bible and Poetry. They back their products with a 30-day money back guarantee.
The Art of Argument student book is a workbook – text and discussion, questions and essays. It is $21.95.
The Teacher’s Edition, includes the complete student text, answer keys, quizzes and tests, for $24.95.
A set of 5 DVD’s, teaching videos to complement The Art of Argument, is available for $54.95.
Although, I have not been familiar with the teaching of Logic, I see the value of it, and we will pursue it. I found it somewhat difficult to teach, probably because of my lack of familiarity, and the children thought it was dry. We tend to follow a living school or school-of-life system of learning, and The Art of Argument doesn’t seem easily adaptable. If it is something you are interested in, I suggest you examine the CAP curriculum. Their focus is “clear design and structure, incremental and systematic instruction, all with a touch of delight, creativity and flair.”
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Euripides is credited with saying, “reason can wrestle and overthrow terror.” Maybe he knew The Old Testament Scripture, Isaiah 41:10, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Seems logical to me.
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