As a member of the TOS Crew, I have been able to review a variety of products that we have enjoyed & have fit into our curriculum or activities. We have even been blessed to receive more than one product by certain company's that we really liked. One of these company's is Classical Academic Press. The first product I reviewed for them was Latin Alive!. I posted a review about it way back in March of 2011. Wow! Time sure does fly!
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The newest product I received is actually of set. It is
The Art of Argument, an Introduction to the Informal Fallacies. The set includes the student text, teacher's edition, and a sample CD of the Art of Argument DVD set. This sample contained the first 6 of the fallacies that are discussed on the DVD set.

I will start with this, first, I love logic; anything logic. I find it fascinating and always have. I enjoy teaching my children about logic and pray that they will have sound minds when adults, based on the ability to use logical reasoning. 

So what is logic? One definition that Merriam Webster's online dictionary uses is " a science that deals with the principles of and criteria of validity of inference and demonstration: the science of the formal principles of reasoning." (merriam-webster.com). Classical Academic Press (CAP) states it this way, "from the Greek word logos, meaning 'reason'. The art and science of reason, usually divided into two subdivisions, or areas of study: 'formal' and 'informal'." (Art of Argument, pg. 227) CAP further explains formal and informal here in their FAQ's. The term fallacy is defined by CAP as coming from "the Latin word fallacia, which means 'deceit', 'trick', or 'fraud'. . .  A commonly recognized bad argument failing to meet the requirements of relevance, clarity, or presumption." (Art of Argument, pg. 226). 

I have written before about our speech and debate club. We have been participating for about 4 years, and this year I am the actual leader of the club, really, lol. In club, we teach our students the process of arguing without bickering, without degrading the opponent, and for a purpose. The Art of Argument introduces students to this very concept. Learning how to critically think, process other's arguments and fallacies, and analyze your own, is a start in the direction of mastering the Art of Argument.

The Art of Argument student text consists of 6 chapters covering 28 fallacies with real world examples to help the student understand easier. The use of dialogues, work sheets, dialectic discussion questions, tests, and fun extras allows the student to apply each lesson for clarity and practical use. You can view a sample of the student workbook here.

The Teacher's Edition has been recently expanded and now includes the entire student text, answers to ALL exercises, and new chapter and unit tests. You can view a sample here

The DVD set features 3 experienced logic teachers and 4 students discussing the 28 fallacies presented in The Art of Argument. It correlates perfectly with the book and is a wonderful complement to it.

You can purchase the Art of Argument for $21.95, the Teacher's Edition is $24.95, and the DVD set is $54.95. The bundle can be purchased of $88.95. 

This curriculum will be an excellent investment in your child's future, I assure you. Teaching logic is the first step in helping your child understand the world and defend themselves and their faith.
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