I have heard a lot of praise about Memoria Press over the years so I was thrilled that my daughter wanted to begin Traditional Logic I Complete Set. This was our first experience with this company, studying Logic and Classical style education, so we were excited to get started. When deciding if we should review this curriculum I was surprised to find that my daughter was interested in learning more about Logic and this statement on the product page made the decision easy; “Designed specifically for the teacher with no logic background.”
Traditional Logic I
The Traditional Logic I Complete Set that we received for review includes the Traditional Logic Book I, the Teacher Key, Quizzes & Tests, and the Instructional DVD.
There are 13 chapters where the students read the text, watch the video and then answer the questions in the book. There are about 5 pages of text to read for each chapter with about 12 questions to answer on each of the five days spent in the Chapter. The Chapters cover Simple Apprehension, Judgment and Deductive Inference. Chapter 14 is a review chapter. The Book also contains a glossary of terms in the back.
The Quizzes and Tests book contain quizzes for each of the chapters and a Final Exam, all on perforated pages that can be removed from the book.
The Teacher Key has the answers for all the chapter questions in the book, the quizzes and final exam.
There are 2 DVD’s, containing lectures by Martin Cothran on all the chapters in the book.
This curriculum is designed to be completed in 15 weeks.
When I first looked at this curriculum my first thought was to pass on it, but then thought I would check and see if it is something my daughter might be interested in. She said yes, that it is something she has wanted to learn more about and wanted to give it a try. I thought that this is the type of study that you would have to be interested in to pursue and since she is 18 and able to work on her own, this was a good choice. She felt that everything was explained very well. She found the Video to be slightly boring and monotone and would be nice if it moved more quickly. The video covers everything exactly that is in the book and didn’t add anything more to make it worthwhile to watch, in my daughters opinion. So after watching the first video she just used the book. She liked to read the material and answer questions at the same time, looking back and forth. She got to chapter 4 and she has mostly learned terms and in the next chapters is looking forward to learning more. She liked the Christian aspect of the study. She obviously has an interest and is getting more out of it than I am. It is fun to listen to what she has learned, for example, she read me things out of the book she found fascinating that made my mind spin in circles. She then, because of what she had learned, was able to explain it to me in a way it made sense. This is one of those moments where I realize that I pick out a lot of the curriculum because of my own interests, and that I need to make sure I am offering a variety of learning experiences even if they aren’t interesting to me. I am glad I had the opportunity to review this curriculum for Libbie’s sake.
This curriculum isn’t a colorful, fun fast paced curriculum that is going to make your kids jump up and down for Logic class, in my opinion. What it will do is give students that have an interest in traditional logic an in depth study of classical syllogism, clearly explaining challenging concepts, and training the mind to respect truth.