Scenario: A private school in Baton Rouge is considering offering a formal logic course. They are hesitant because they just don’t see the benefit of such a philosophical class. As one board member said, “We want our students to look like Jesus, not Aristotle.” They are likewise concerned that students will not able to apply such lofty thinking to the real world, and they are especially concerned that their standardized test scores will be negatively affected. Unfortunately, the parents have now grumbled themselves into a frenzy. They don’t want to see their tuition money go toward such a specialty subject, one that most people didn’t even take in college. Plus, there are no other schools in Baton Rouge offering this kind of class. If you ask the teachers, they are concerned the school is becoming elitist. They will also say that not one education program at any University or College in the state requires their teachers getting a degree in education to take a formal logic class. Based on the ensuing discussion that could occur among the school board, answer the following questions.
On a separate sheet of paper, give two terms that must be properly defined in this discussion. Give a definition of both terms and describe what kind of definition you’ve chosen, of the kinds you’ve learned this semester. Briefly explain why you chose that term as an important term for the discussion.
Provide true statements which should be said in this discussion, but make sure they are in standard categorical form:
Universal Affirmative: _____________________________________________________
Universal Negative: _______________________________________________________
Particular Affirmative: ____________________________________________________
Particular Negative: _______________________________________________________
On a separate sheet of paper, identify and explain five fallacies the school board, parents, teachers, or students are likely to commit in this discussion.
Essay: In the scenario above, the school board is torn on what to do; they have contacted you. In two weeks you are to present to the whole school community a three or four paragraph essay on your position. What would you say? (You may use quotes from Kreeft; integrate them well and cite them appropriately. You would do well to create a brief outline before you start writing, so to structure and organize your thoughts.)