The goal of the Logic Stage is to equip students with the thinking skills needed to recognize sound arguments and ideas and to detect and correct fallacious ones. This stage addresses the questions of how and why. At this stage, children are becoming naturally argumentative and want to know how and why everything is or works.
Staying true to Classical Education’s philosophy of “teaching with the grain,” we teach children formal logic and the art of argumentation at this stage. Teaching a child who is prone to argue a better way to argue may seem dangerous, but in fact, it's exactly what is best for the student. By teaching children these skills, they’re able to recognize and identify logical fallacies that they face every day, whether in the news, on TV, or the internet. By learning these skills, they are able to shrug and negate anything they hear that isn’t truly logical.
Finally, at this stage children are taught how to write. Being a great writer is one of the most important skills one can have as an adult, and we believe that it is only after understanding Logic that one can truly become a great writer. The capstone to the Logic Stage is to do just that, to teach children to be great writers by teaching them to think logically and to develop the skills to transfer those thoughts onto paper for others to read.
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