I need to make a few statements:
- simply fighting back is not going to work. (If we play a chess game and I do not follow the rules, you can't "win" the game. The only option is to stop playing.)
- knowledge about logic and rhetoric is useful, but teaching them explicitly limits the possibilities to experiment of the children.
Larry Noel wrote:This is the first step in the Trivium, "Grammar," followed by Logic and then Rhetoric. There are three sides to a coin, and most inflicted by the Prussian education system hold only one side and do not even recognize the existence of the other two. Logic will give you the second side, and Rhetoric will give you the third, and then you will "own the coin." Until you possess all three sides, your knowledge is "valueless." I call training in the Trivium as the "Mental Martial Arts" because it will give the one who studies it the ability to "blunt the edge of words or fling them back." As I say, it takes three points to prove a line, three legs to stand a stool, and there are three sides to a coin, so follows there are three steps in critical analysis. If we are not taught those three steps, we are lost.