The Art of Argument was designed to teach the argumentative adolescent how to reason with clarity, relevance and purpose at a time when he has a penchant for the "why" and "how". It is designed to equip and sharpen young minds as they live, play, and grow in this highly commercial culture.
I was pretty excited to review this material with Joey. I actually thought this would be a wonderful resource for Joey since he is very argumentative due to his Aspergers. He gets very upset when he feels that items or people are misrepresented due to wording or an image flaw. He can usually get into some pretty good rants.
The Art of Argument provides a wonderful resource to allow children to discuss, explore and apply fallacies that we see in our culture. The set that we received included a teacher edition, student workbook and DVD set sample.
Students master 28 fallacies (such as begging the question, the straw man, ad hominen, et al) by studying many pertinent examples. The text features a variety of:
- Real-World Applications
- Phony Advertisements
- Dialectic Discussion Questions
- Fun extras such as a humorous skit for students to perform, and the famous short story, Love is a Fallacy by Max Shulman
We received DVD Disc 1 to review with our set. And let me tell you that this is a wonderful resource. We will be purchasing the full set for Joey and I to watch together. We were able to sit down and watch a student and teacher discussion on the fallacy. This helped because it wasn't just me talking to him, but he was able to watch others discuss the material in each section. (Sometimes it just works better when they don't always hear it from mom...lol)
Did I mention to those who are learning Latin...you'll find lots of opportunity to review your vocabulary using this!!
I would highly recommend this program to any family striving to prepare their kids for the world. It is one that you can easily go through several times, and each time that they study it with you...they'll learn even more. This is an excellent program to encourage advancing critical thinking skills. We will continue to work our way slowly through this program and then repeat it to help him learn how to protect himself from the inevitable personal attacks that he will receive. And hopefully this will help him to think twice if he wants to verbally attack someone also.
You can view sample chapters here.
Here is a sample from the video series:
If you are interested in purchasing this set, visit Classical Academic Press. You can purchase the above bundle for $88.95. Or individual pieces including the student workbook for $21.95, teacher edition for $24.95, and the DVD series for $54.95.
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