At Wilson Hill Academy we have found that students do better by postponing their Logic instruction until 9th grade. Logic 1 is open to 8th graders, however, and will count toward the Logic graduation requirement if taken in 8th grade, though no credit toward the minimum number of course credits will be awarded.
Are there “laws of thought” just as surely as there is a law of gravity? The answer is a resounding “yes!” In this course we will learn how to reason in an orderly and consistent fashion. Students will master the rules that govern the thinking process. There will be a particular emphasis on applying these rules to the field of Christian apologetics. The goal is to know better how to love God with all our minds.
Logic 2 Readiness (Summer)
This is a somewhat abbreviated version of the full-year Logic 1 class intended for new students in the School of Rhetoric who need to shore up their foundation in logic before moving on to Logic 2. This might be due to having taken Logic 1 elsewhere at an earlier level, or due to the need to compress their logic studies in order to take Rhetoric 1 & 2 in 11th & 12th grade. The course will not earn high school credit, but will serve as an alternative prerequisite for Logic 2. Students will study forms of correct thinking, using traditional Aristotelian tools such as formal proofs and truth tables. Students will also become familiar with the common logical fallacies to avoid.
Done with Logic 1? You’ve just begun the life-long journey of learning how to think with excellence. Join us as we continue to study the science and art of thinking well. In this course we will learn to both analyze and build arguments. In the first part of the course, we will study some of the most famous and influential arguments in Western literature (including arguments given in the Bible). We will pay close attention to structure and soundness. We will consider what makes for an excellent argument. In the second part of the course, we will begin building our own arguments and testing them in debates and other activities.
Prerequisites: Logic 1 or Logic 2 Readiness (Summer)