This course is designed to fill what I have long perceived as a gap in many programs of classical Christian education: namely, the need for a course that offers Middle School students a chance to transition gradually into what some call the “Logic Stage” of education.
Students between 12-14 years of age transition to this stage at different times, and not necessarily smoothly. But many programs I have seen throw them straight into full-bore logical analysis of ideas and texts, and, further, simply assume they already pretty well know their way around “worldview thinking.”
For several years, I have observed much frustration in Middle School students for whom these things are not true, but who are expected to “just catch on” by reason of intensive, very fast-paced reading of books of too-rapidly increasing complexity. This Pre-Logic Colloquium, then, is designed to stand in the gap and allow such students a more reasonably-paced, age-appropriate introduction to the disciplines of logical thinking and worldview analysis. The ideal follow-up is the Traditional Logic course in 8th Grade.
Pre-Logic is built around close engagement with the following books:
- Peter Kreeft, Socrates Meets Jesus
- Peter Kreeft, The Unaborted Socrates
- Peter Kreeft, The Best Things in Life
- Fritz Ridenour, So What’s the Difference?
The first three books introduce the students to the activity of Socratic dialogue in engaging, contemporary language that covers a number of culturally-important issues. The last is a general survey of a variety of religions, focusing on how they compare and contrast with Christianity. Occasional supplementary materials may be introduced as I discern the needs of particular students.
The format of the course will be: occasional short audio lectures, assigned class work due on seminar days, and two 1-hour online seminars per week. The course provides credit for Logic.
***Special Introductory Tuition Rate: 20% off normal price***
Pre-Logic Colloquium alone – $450.00
Pre-Logic Colloquium plus grading and tests – $500.00