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Chris Perrin

What is a logical fallacy?

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I took a logic course at Faulkner University using Peter Kreeft's Socratic Logic text. We went through over 40 fallacies! A fallacy is an error is part of the reasoning that renders the conclusion invalid. How important is it that middle schoolers take a logic course? What are the best ways to approach logic with this age? I liked Kreeft's book, but we went through it so fast. I understand it's college, and we're "adults" taking the course. But, the material and the skills involved are so crucial for understanding every form of communication: written, spoken, heard, read. What we say, what we read, what we think we hear what we think we are saying, can be made clearer if we study logic properly. I wish I could have had Logic I and Logic II so that I could have taken more time to practice and contemplate the concepts and skills being given to me. Do you think this is true for middle schoolers and high schoolers? What other texts could be good types for modeling logic? If you read a good proverb, what story would be a good embodiment? I'm looking for embodiments of logic concepts. 

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I like Ms. Floyd's statement that, "A fallacy is an error in part of the reasoning that renders the conclusion invalid."  Metaphorically, it is the one piece in the Jenga tower that, when removed, causes the entire structure to collapse.

Having gone through 14 of the lessons in this book I can see where 40 fallacies in one semester would be rigorous in the extreme for middle-schoolers.  As you noted,  it would give them little "time to practice and contemplate the concepts and skills".  Twenty-eight fallacies on the other hand obviously dials it back a bit to an appropriate number for a semester.  Plus the book is entertaining enough for students through the artwork and mock conversations to make it enjoyable.  It seems like twenty-eight, is manageable considering the discussion and homework needed.

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