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Episode 105: Valuing Logic

Logic is important for your kids as they grow. Frankly, if they don’t learn to make sense of things, they are going to have a tough time in this world. The makeup of humans helps, as they start arguing around 12 years old (known as the Logic/Dialectic Stage in Classical Education). Really, there isn’t that much to logic…but there is enough to demand we think clear about it! Today’s podcast will get you started 🙂

TODAY’S PODCAST CONTENT:

  1. Value of logic
  2. Importance of logic to parents and kids
  3. Bad premise, bad conclusion

Additional Resources:

  1. The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels
  2. Why Having a Best Friend is a Bad Idea!
  3. Free Mini Writing Course

 

Episode 102: The Importance of Your Mental Models

If you have a mental model, it means you have a way of thinking about how life goes in a certain area and that prediction makes you act, interact and react.

Most of us know that somewhere in our family and educational game we are building or following systems. What most people do not know is that our systems are based on our mental models. One of they great challenges we face is trying to implement a system which simply does not match how we think about things. In this presentation I’ll show you how to start getting on the right track.​

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Importance of mental models
  • How mental model works
  • Different areas of mental model
  • Locus of control

Resources:

1. Why Homeschooling Needs the Arts

2. The Easy (Sure-Fire) Way to Become a Better Speller

3. FREE MINI WRITING COURSE

 

 

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The Shortest Course on Logic (Ever?)

The aim of this vLog is to share the most essential aspects of logic. Basically, it comes down to "If..then", "Does it Follow?", and "Bad premise..."

These are the important things to keep in mind and practice to be rational in the world. It isn't everything, but it is plenty (for homeschoolers, adults, liberals, and conservatives) 🙂

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

Want to be Smarter? Quit Trying to Come Up with the Right Answer

There is almost nothing more insidious and decaying to a good mind than to replace saying what you believe with what you think you should say.

The first joke is the point here (watch):

The trick to learning is to say what you think…and then, decide if you’d rather let that thought go and pick up another one.  Studying the Bible works this way…people decide what it should say, say that, and then spend their time looking up verses to support it.  It is the same with many historians and reporters… all busy proving a point rather than learning one.

The better system is to stay a humble learner…keep giving up on your own faulty ideas!  Eventually, you’ll get smart (maybe even wise!).

Blessings,

Fred Lybrand

Logic and Separation of Church and State

I’m pretty sure we don’t often think clearly, which is why we should be laboring to teach our kids logic.

Of course, logic is all about making sense of things.  Yesterday I ran across this article on the separation of church and state.

Logic_and_The_Separation_of_Church_and_State

It was written by an atheist (who, I think, has English as a second language).  He also has a nazi emblem…don’t know what all that means…just trying to learn.

Nonetheless, the thought was really nice (I didn’t read many of the comments)…essentially he is saying that imposing the absence of religious symbols is the imposition of Atheism.

I think it’s a nice point.

Why not talk this through as a family and see what you can learn?

God bless,

 

Fred Lybrand