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#1 yvonne

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:00 PM

Wondering what others say when a student asks, "Why do we have to study logic? What does it have to do with my life?" What will be a particularly persuasive answer/example for early logic stage/6th grade boys?

All three boys are definitely wandering around in the logic stage. (Actually, his question continued with, "And what do these pigs have to do with me?" :lol: We've been doing Perplexors, and there was a series of problems about pigs.)

We talked about specific areas or times when being able to think logically is important.... law, debate, listening to talk radio, listening to "experts" and trying to determine the validity of their arguments, political debates, campaigns, advertising,...

Anyone have another approach to, or a great answer in a nutshell to, "Why study logic?"


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#2 ktgrok

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:11 PM

If you can't spot errors in other people's logic they will be able to trick you into doing anything. If you can't craft your own arguments logically no one will do what you want them to to do.

Maybe a more real life applicable program? One on logical fallacies?

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:38 PM

I conside that it is in order to determine the value of the answer to your question and the ability to provide an answer of value.

As well, I see a great deal of benefit in the thinking process.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 05:15 PM

the short answer as given to my kids, "because it makes you smart."

other than that, I agree with all of the other reasons already given, but my 12 year old wouldn't care to hear all of them.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 09:23 PM

I tell my 6th grader that it will help get him ready for high school math. What can he really say to that? It's not like he's done it yet.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:03 PM

Thanks,Katie, Chrissy & redsquirrel!

the short answer as given to my kids, "because it makes you smart."


:lol: I use that one for Latin, Donna!

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:31 PM

the short answer as given to my kids, "because it makes you smart."

other than that, I agree with all of the other reasons already given, but my 12 year old wouldn't care to hear all of them.


hahahaha, that's similar to what I tell my son! "Because it helps you to think clearly. Don't you want to know if others are trying to trick you?" If he presses further, "It gets your mind off yourself and onto what others are saying, and you will want to know how to evaluate that!"

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 09:39 PM

"By virtue of the fact you are asking..." then I'd smile.

I've always told ds we have to study logic so he'll know how to argue properly. The kid was born negotiating everything, good critical thinking skills will be a survival skill for him. His favorite word is WHY?

The thing about logic is you have to study it as well, because if they get too close to your understanding of the subject they will outwit you. We've had a few close calls in the past. I proudly went through the entire logic book BEFORE school this year. :lol:

We're also doing Rulebook for Arguments this year. I told dh I plan on giving a copy to ds's future wife, as soon as they announce their engagement. She's going to need it, whomever she is.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 10:22 PM

This is a fun question because it begs for a completely illogical answer like, "We study Logic because studying English grammar can help you write clearly." Hopefully the child will recognize that logic is necessary to argue his idea that logic is unnecessary and see the absurdity.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 10:29 PM

To know the deep magic.:001_smile:


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