The Art of the Argument – Grades 7 – 11 – Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 – 20 Weeks
Monday, September 14 2020 @ 3:00PM - Monday, March 22 2021 @ 4:30PM EDT| $400.00
While it’s said that teenagers will almost always find a way to place themselves within an argument, they won’t argue well without good training. Today’s teens are often the unwilling targets of advertisers and marketers, who reach out to them from every billboard, commercial, or sponsored social media post. Fallacious arguments are everywhere you look. This course is 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. This course teaches students to recognize and identify twenty-eight informal fallacies, and the eye-catching text includes over sixty slick and clever (phony) advertisements for items from blue jeans to pick-up trucks, which apply the fallacies to a myriad of real life situations.
This class seeks to foster greater familiarity with and appreciation for various logical fallacies that will help the learner identify their use in common, everyday situations.
NOTE: Registration deadline is August 15, 2020.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.