Thursday, March 15, 2012

Art of Argument~TOS Review


I have to say I never thought I would be teaching Logic to my high schooler when we began thinking about homeschooling. Lately, however, my wise husband and I have been discussing our children’s need to be able to clearly and effectively get their point across. Things like Speech, Debate, and Logic have been tossed around. When I got the opportunity to review a Logic course from Classical Academic Press I was grateful.


Art of Argument, An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies is an introductory course to informal logic. It takes the student through each of the 28 fallacies by using dialogue, false advertising, real world applications, worksheets, tests, and skits. Include the 5 DVD set to see student discussions for each fallacy.

Our Thoughts:

The first thing we noticed is before you even begin the 1st chapter there is work to complete in the form of definitions and essays. This gives your student a starting point, really lets them see where their experiences with logic have brought them. After doing this self evaluation the student begins unit 1 with Fallacies of Relevance and the definition for each. In chapter 1 the first sub group of fallacies are addressed and examined using advertising and an imaginary conversation with Socrates.

I feel we could easily do this in one semester as intended but a suggestion of a year long course might appeal to those with younger students. My only suggestion is that you may want to take some times to plan out your units/daily work since there is no suggested schedule.

Geared for students in grades 7-9, Art of Argument provides a very complete intro to logic. A student with no previous coursework in Logic could use this throughout high school. If your student is interested in debate this would be an excellent course to begin with. My children will be using this course and then following up with Classical Academic Press’s The Argument Builder as a required course which I will count as 1 credit for high school (1/2 credit for each semester course).

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The Art of Argument, An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies

Art of Argument TG-$24.95
Student WB-$21.95
DVD Set-$54.95

Art of Argument Basic Bundle – $88.95
Includes: Student workbook, Teacher guide, DVD set



Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of the above product in exchange for my honest opinion. My review is based on our family’s experience and may or may not reflect your own. No other compensation was received.

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