This is the 2nd post of a 3 part series titled “Logic 101: Understanding the What, When, and Why”.
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Our first year begins with a short overview of the basic concepts of logic (e.g., argument, conditionals, validity, etc.), but the majority of the year is spent within the realm of informal logic. Here the students are taught to recognize logical fallacies within the content of verbal and visual arguments (e.g., debates, advertisements, etc.). It is in their second year that students will enjoy a deeper exploration of formal logic where the emphasis is placed on the structure of an argument and students begin to play with truth tables and proofs. The Logic curriculum at The Cambridge School has been intentionally assembled to cover a significant and varied number of topics within the wide world of logic at the most opportune stages of the students’ development. The “What?” and “When?” is relatively straightforward; the more pressing question is likely “Why?”
Written by: DJ Goodwiler, Lead 7th Grade & Logic Teacher
Read more in the Fall 2012 Courier