Friday, December 10, 2010

Home Schooling - Supplemental Courses III


Minimus - Starting out in Latin



Greek and Latin Roots

Not really a foreign language.

There are many examples in English...
especially in the Sciences.

Alex is familiarizing himself with Latin...
as its importance shall be revealed...
in higher education.

He is, by no means, attempting to master Latin right now...
however...it is a fun way to learn...
a very important subject.

To understand Latin...
is to understand...
the roots of so many of our words.

A very valuable supplementary subject
that Alex enjoys learning.

The Art of Argument



The art of Argumentation...
not only a highly valuable subject to learn...
but...
a highly valuable exercise...
to regularly engage in...
with your child.

The throwing forth of the gauntlet (correct premise)...
all the while parrying invalid lines of attack (fallacies of logic)...
the following counter thrusts of his own
(correct supporting evidence)...
the striking true (correct logical reasoning)...
and subsequent mortal wounding of his opponent
(correct conclusion as derived directly from the correct reasoning) ...
is an extremely enjoyable pursuit...
that teaches applied Critical Reasoning.

(Not to be confused with the battle of wills...
normally fought with your child)

I allow dissension from Alex...
if he can logically overcome my objections...
to his actions or in-actions.

Not only because it is the correct path...
but just as importantly...
it provides him motive to think...
really think...
and to formulate a structured argument.

This promotes, not only a structured mind...
but a forward thinking one.

With forward thinking...
he will start to construct a rational world...
out of the virtual...
in his mind's eye.

A rational mind...
makes rational...
and so...
correct thoughts.

Correct thoughts...
lead to...
correct actions.

I shall soon begin...
formal argumentation with Alex...
as it is one of the GREAT mental exercises.

 Don't believe everything you think

One of many supplementary texts available.

Be sure to include exciting science trips...
where he may witness science
(as well as in as many subjects as possible)...
as applied in life.

At the University of California at Berkeley


The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA

Home Schooling...
teaching the joy of learning.

By giving your child the basics of correct reasoning...
you will have then given him...
the necessary tools...
to master his future.


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