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Logic for the Elementary School Student

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 08:41 PM by Godot17

So I have this crazy idea about making my own textbook. It's kind of radical. It's Logic, but aimed at elementary school students. Basically, yes, all the scary looking symbols and definitions one would learn in a Philosophy department introduction to logic [And maybe some Math focus as 'bonus chapters'] all chewed up into bite-size pieces for the average child to process.

So I have about 3 Logic/Math Proofs books checked out from my school library + Logic Demystified and my Critical Thinking Textbook. I'm first trying to find a consistent foundation for presenting prepositional logic. Is Modus Ponens the only tool I have? Or should I present this large set of axioms and laws? How would I go on deriving the theorems in understandable ways? I realize that logic textbooks have such a strong inconsistency when laying foundations for the subject. I'd probably have to spend a bit more time than a sumemr and half a year's worth of Logic studies to actually present the matter in the first place, before even presenting it to schoolchildren.

If that fails, I'll just release it under Creative Commons as a homeschooling tool. CC doesn't usually fail to more positive fame among an internet community.

And I'm speaking formal logic, as in the strange crap a Philosophy professor might write on the board that sure as hell doesn't look like English. Don't worry about my Informal Logic influences on our youth. That will come later.
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    Toujours's Avatar
    I find this really interesting!
    Posted November 11th, 2011 at 07:24 AM by Toujours Toujours is offline
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    I have no idea what half of what you're talking about is other than you want to make a book that I would probably need to understand what you're talking about.
    Posted November 11th, 2011 at 10:12 AM by Esper Esper is offline
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    I don't really see the point in teaching traditional logic to kids. Most of the people I know now wouldn't even be able to follow it, nevermind little kids.

    Though I certainly wouldn't argue with having a standardized textbook of sorts for the damn thing. 9_9 My logic prof is useless so I've been teaching it to myself from a handful of textbooks and none of them agree on many things or even cover the same subjects. /sigh
    Posted November 12th, 2011 at 01:36 PM by Cherrim Cherrim is offline

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