Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Classical Education requires its students to study Logic. What does that mean? One simple definition states: Logic is the science and the art of reason.
Logic is a prerequisite to the study of philosophy and it has several branches. For many of us, our only educational exposure was in mathematics...whether we knew it or not, we were learning a form of Symbolic Logic.
Formal Logic teaches students to analyze the validity of the relationship between ideas, arguments, and conclusions. These are based on formulaic connections that can be signified with symbols. You know, this is really hard to explain in an understandable way! I've never tried to do this before and it's not easy! Anyway, Formal Logic is based not so much on truth of content, as consistency of thoughts and statements: students learn to recognize and construct both deductive and inductive arguments, as well as to identify fallacious reasoning. It's all about FORM.
Material Logic follows the teaching of Formal Logic on the educational spectrum, and is primarily concerned with Truth content. It applies the forms learned in Formal Logic, but goes further in evaluating the Truth of the statements and conclusions. It requires analyzing word-use, definitions, and truth-values. It's all about CONTENT and is very philosophical in nature.
Clear as mud? In case none of that makes sense, let me redeem this post by quoting 2 men worthy of being listened to. Our friend, Augustine of Hippo, in his On Christian Doctrine, says this:
...the validity of logical sequences is not a thing devised by men, but is observed and noted by them that they may be able to learn and teach it; for it exists eternally in the reason of things, and has its origin in God. For just as the man who narrates the order of events does not himself create that order; and as he who describes the situations of places, or the natures of animals, or roots, or minerals, does not describe arrangements of man; and as he who points out the stars and their movements does not point out anything that he himself or any other man has ordained; in the same way, he who says, "When the consequent is false, the antecedent must be false," also says what is most true; but he does not himself make it so, he only points out that it is so.
G.K. Chesterton says this:
Logic and truth ... have very little to do with each other. Logic is concerned merely with the fidelity and accuracy with which a certain process is performed, a process which can be performed with any materials, with any assumption. You can be as logical about griffins and basilisks as about sheep and pigs ... Logic, then, is not necessarily an instrument for finding out truth; on the contrary, truth is a necessary instrument for using logic--for using it, that is, for the discovery of further truth ... Briefly, you can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
So, if I made no sense, at least draw something from these wise men!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I have written extensively on these in the past, so I'll make a few remarks, then offer links to previous posts.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
It seems, though, that this began what is now a routine, predictable pattern of athletes who "retire" from the game, in grand and flourishing fashion - cameras! families! proclamations of dedication to their kids! and tears! there must be tears! - only to announce, in similar grand and flourishing fashion, their return the following season...that is, at the close of off-season. Quite frankly, these men appear pitiful...at least in my eyes.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Grant has dreamed of playing football for at least the past 8 years of his life, but only now has the opportunity been granted him. He spent his summer in the weight room, trying with every ounce of his 130 lbs. to buff-up his skinny little frame so he'd at least have a chance to compete with all his teammates who have already been playing for years.
Did it pay off...all that work? Well, he's still rather scrawny, but he's got some serious biceps and rock-hard six-pack abs to show for it. And, in his team's first 2 games, he's gotten some decent playing time: at safety, slot back, and defensive back. (Sorry, April) He's done a pretty good job of mucking up a couple plays...for the other team that is. (And that's a good thing, girls!)
But yesterday...yes, let's talk about yesterday.
Yesterday...The Boy took some snaps at Quarterback. Oh, yeah. That's my boy. The first series didn't go so well. 1st down: The Boy opts to run it himself for an 11-yard gain and another 1st down. Cool. Didn't have the faintest idea he was capable of that. However, he and his comrades failed to convert to 1st down on the next 4 plays, allowing the opposition to take over with pretty good field position.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Another argument is that young children cannot understand that which is outside their realm of experience, so it is sufficient to teach them the history of their own family, city, school, etc. There is some validity to this argument, but if carried too far, we would fail to teach many things to our children. A significant part of education is bringing the student face-to-face with unfamiliar people, places and ideas. Additionally, by the time children enter school, they should have already have ample experience with "that which they haven't seen or experienced" through the development of their imaginations!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
So...we played UNO. There's only one little problem with playing UNO with Riesa. She always wins. How is that a problem, you ask naively? Well, I hate to lose!
And this is how she begins: all smug and everything. Can't you just see the "I'm-SO-gonna-whip-your-butt" look in her eye?! This is what I have to put up with!