Bluebonnet’s tuition-free logic classes taught by Dr. Gary Hartenburg help equip students to reason well so that they can be critical thinkers and successful scholars across a wide range of disciplines and fields of study and throughout all areas of their lives. As a handmaid to Wisdom and Theology, Logic can assist students with discerning truth, avoiding falsehood, and communicating winsomely, like St. Paul, as ambassadors for the Gospel.
Since logical reasoning skills and habits require time and practice to hone, BHSC offers a multi-year logic sequence. For the 2021–22 academic year, returning students will finish a multi-year logic rotation:
- Cycle Years 1 & 2: Socratic Logic by Peter Kreft
- Cycle Year 3 (2021–22): Argument and Inference: An Introduction to Inductive Logic by Gregory Johnson (MIT Press)
In Cycle Years 1 & 2, students work through Socratic Logic, by Peter Kreeft, which presents the complete system of classical Aristotelian logic, the natural logic of the four language arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Students practice interpreting ordinary language, analyzing and also constructing effective arguments, smoking out hidden assumptions, making “argument maps,” and using Socratic method in various circumstances. Exercises in the text expose students to many classical quotations, and additional chapters introduce philosophical issues in a Socratic manner and from a commonsense, realistic point of view. This course prepares students for reading Great Books and models Socrates as the beginner’s ideal teacher and philosopher.
While Kreft’s Socratic Logic helps students develop deductive reasoning skills, the textbook for Cycle Year 3 helps students develop inductive reasoning and also helps them explore aspects of probability. The 21–22 class is open to returning students (or advanced students with permission). Students should expect to spend half an hour to an hour each week completing assigned homework.
Younger, rising, Form 3 and 4 students will be able join in the new logic rotation which will begin in 2022–23. In the meantime, we recommend a prequel year for rising 6th/7th grade students which families can do at home independently:
- Prequel Year (for 6th/7th graders): The Fallacy Detective by Hans & Nathaniel Bluedorn, for study at home
The Fallacy Detective is a very fun introduction to logical reasoning which students can work through independently or with the family.
$2 supplies fee covers the cost of teaching materials and classroom learning resources.
Families purchase the following required supplies for 2021–22:
- Argument and Inference: An Introduction to Inductive Logic, by Gregory Johnson
- Three-ring notebook, lined paper, pens/pencils, and erasers