As I work on teaching my daughters how to think logically and reason through issues independently, the world is busy trying to teach them what to think. Marketing and media are rife with false promises and flawed information. How can I teach my girls to see through it to the truth? Classical Academic Press offers a solution in The Art of Argument: an Introduction to the Informal Fallacies.
In this study geared toward seventh to ninth graders, your children will learn the 28 basic fallacies used to sway opinion. Fallacies are false impressions presented as truth in order to convince someone to buy something, use something, vote a certain way, dress a certain way, etc. Common fallacies prey on fear, compassion, envy, and other strong emotions rather than logic. Sound familiar? Just think about the cute babies or puppies used to sell everything from cars to toilet paper.
We received the student textbook ($21.95) and Teacher's Edition ($24.95). There is also a set of DVD's to accompany this series available for $54.95. The basic bundle of The Art of Argument student book, teacher edition, and DVD can be purchased for $88.95. Although Big Sis (10) is younger than the suggested age, she grasped the concept quickly and actually enjoyed pointing out fallacies she saw in everyday life. I'm not going to say that she's naturally argumentative, but let's just say that she'd make a good lawyer one day. Using the word argument does not mean fighting or disagreeing, but rather logically refuting false information and ably making a point for truth. That is a wonderful skill to have in life, especially as Christians who are called to defend our faith in a world of unbelievers.
This is one of those resources that I didn't know I needed. It's definitely something I want to teach my girls, but my focus is always on the basic foundation of their education, so resources like this can be overlooked while searching for reading, writing, and arithmetic type curricula. I am so glad to have the opportunity to use this in our studies.
I respect the ideals of Classical Academic Press and believe they offer quality resources. They also offer a Latin program (Song School Latin) and a next step in the logic series called The Argument Builder. I would highly recommend their products to other homeschooling families, particularly those interested in a classical education.
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Disclaimer: I received The Art of Argument set at no cost for review purposes. No other compensation was given for my honest opinions.
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