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Formal Logic

Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 8–10; 11th–12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Price: $595.00

Course Sections
Section 1:
M/W 11:00 am ET with Jimmy Schambach (Section Full: Join Waiting List)
Section 2: T/Th 12:30 p.m. ET with Peter Bradshaw

Ongoing Enrollment and Placement

Ongoing Enrollment

While our courses are no longer available for purchase on the website, Scholé Academy is open to inquiries about enrolling in courses at any time during the year.  If you wish to enroll in a Yearlong course for the 2020-2021 school year after the official add/drop deadline (September 21), you will need to contact us directly.  We will consider each request on a case-by-case basis after considering several factors, including size of the class, the preparedness of the student, the willingness of the instructor to accommodate a late addition to the class, and the content of the course.  If you would like to submit a request for enrollment in an ongoing course, please visit our Contact Us page.
 

Placement Process

To help ensure that students enroll in the correct course levels, Scholé Academy requires many students to complete placement evaluations. Placement evaluations are only provided to students after the corresponding course registration has been completed. A placement assessment will be required in the following situations:
  • if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
  • if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
  • if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
  • if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Parents are encouraged to connect with the Scholé Academy Principal and/or with the course instructor to make the best enrollment decision for their student.
 
Registration is not finalized until the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
 
There is a $75 deposit built into the cost of each course.
  • If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
  • If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
After May 1, withdrawals are granted a full course refund, less the $75 deposit. Students may withdraw from a course through the second week of classes. After the second week of classes, no refund is given.

The study of formal logic is an essential foundation for every student—it permeates every discipline and subject of study. This is an ideal course for junior high and high school students who are now poised to acquire and verify truths on their own. Students use The Discovery of Deduction, a clear, incremental text that shows students how deductive logic is applied in various disciplines and in everyday life (from the adventures of Sherlock Holmes to scientific and ethical arguments). 

The Discovery of Deduction course is designed for junior high and high school students who want to study the art of correct reasoning residing in the principles of formal, or deductive logic. This course on formal logic will take students through a study of the syllogism, which embodies deductive reasoning taking the form of a major premise, minor premise, and conclusion. Students will also study the traditional “square of opposition,” a teaching tool that shows various logical relations contained in various kinds of deductive arguments. Students will study with The Discovery of Deduction, a text which is not only clear and incremental, but shows students how deductive logic is applied in various disciplines and in everyday life (from the adventures of Sherlock Holmes to scientific and ethical arguments). 

 At the end of the second semester students will be reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. A few weeks of class time will be devoted to Socratic discussion centered around the text, and students will complete a final project evaluating some key aspect of this important work.

 This is an ideal course for students wanting to know how reason works and who will enjoy thinking about thinking! Logic will be esteemed by students as they grow to see how logic is needed and used in every discipline and subject of study.

For a closer look at the main text used in this course, please follow this link and click “Look Inside”: The Discovery of Deduction.

Placement: Please read about our new process above.

Students must complete an introductory course in informal logic prior to this course. Scholé Academy’s Informal Logic course or the completion of the The Art of Argument text provides sufficient experience for this purpose. It is also recommended that students successfully complete pre-algebra prior to taking this course.

When determining whether this course is a good fit for your student, please consider that in addition to readiness for the course content, students should be developmentally prepared to engage in an 8th- to 10th-grade corporate learning environment as well as the online classroom dynamic. Please see the course syllabus (below) for a detailed description of student expectations for this course.

High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in logic or mathematics. 

Course Syllabi:

Section 1:  Mr. Schambach’s course syllabus will be coming soon! 

Section 2: View Mr. Bradshaw’s course syllabus here.

Section 3: View Mr. Quinodoz course syllabus here.

The courses will be substantially similar; so feel free to review either syllabus for reasonably accurate view of how a class will be conducted.  

At Scholé Academy, we have carefully considered how we should engage our contemporary culture as those who believe that Christ is the Truth (John 14:6), and that all truth has its source in him. We think it is important to provide our upper school students (in grades 7-12) with tools and opportunities for critically examining various cultural trends, issues and mores through the lens of orthodox, Christian beliefs. Being confident in the truth revealed to us in creation, the Scriptures, and the tradition of the church, we are not afraid to follow the truth and its implications nor to address error and falsehood. … Read more about our Faith & Culture.

“The materials are amazing. This class has been the highlight of my daughter’s high school year.” —Christine McVeary, Formal Logic Parent

 

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*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.

Jimmy Schambach holds a Master of Divinity from Regent University, and a BA in theology and philosophy from Evangel University. Currently, he works as the executive director of a faith-based nonprofit organization called M28 Ministry, which operates out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In his past, Jimmy worked as a youth and young adult pastor at a large church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since his time in college, Jimmy has grown in his love for philosophy, logic, and theology. He has taught in many settings over the years and enjoys his classes at Scholé Academy. Jimmy and his wife, Tristin, live in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where they have a young daughter named Aviana and a dog named Panda. jschambach.scholeacademy@gmail.com

 

 

Peter Bradshaw grew up on land in the warm chaparral of Southern California. He was introduced to the great works of the Western world through a Great Books program in high school. Peter studied English literature at Covenant College and hopes to complete his master’s through a distance program at New Saint Andrews College in the summer of 2020. Since graduating from Covenant, Peter has taught a range of subjects over the past six years. He particularly enjoys teaching Literature, History, Formal Logic, and Rhetoric. When not in the classroom, he enjoys painting, poetry, guitar, and watching the little unnoticed things of the world. He and his wife are expecting their first child at the end of March. He currently lives and teaches in Cairo, Egypt, and is planning on enrolling in a Fluency of Ancient Greek program offered by the Polis Institute in Jerusalem in September 2020. p.bradshaw.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

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Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

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  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

 

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