Logic: The Science and Art of Reasoning

Tutor:  Diane Regualos

Grades: 

High School (and bright 8th graders who have taken Algebra)

Course Description:

1st Semester:  Introduction to Logic

It is important for our students to be able to think well, to be able to defend their faith, and to refute bogus arguments.  This class is a great introduction to deductive reasoning that will give them those skills.  We will begin with defining basic terms like deductive reasoning, logic, statement, argument, and validity.  We will then spend some time on how to define terms.  Next we will learn how to write a basic kind of argument called a syllogism.  From the syllogism we will learn a lot about valid arguments and how to prove when an argument is invalid.  Finally we will look at some of the most common informal fallacies.  This course is fun and practical.  The text we will use is Introductory Logic by Douglas Wilson and James b. Nance published by Canon Press.

2nd Semester:  Propositional Logic

This semester is a bit more math-based.  We will look at more complicated arguments, learn how to symbolize them and then learn different strategies to determine if they are valid.  The main techniques we will learn are truth tables, proofs, and truth trees.  We will also learn how to determine if statements are consistent and/or equivalent.  And we will learn three strategies to deal with dilemmas.  The text we will use is Intermediate Logic by James B. Nance published by Canon Press.

Cost:

$180 each semester

Drop/Add Policy:

A student can drop the class within the first four weeks and receive back tuition on a pro-rated basis minus a $20 non-refundable copy fee.  A student can add the class within the first two weeks of class with the approval of KAT and the tutor.

Family Discount: 

A family discount will be available for this class after the full payment of one sibling.  A second sibling taking Logic would be $140 per semester.  Any siblings after that would be $100 per semester.

About the Tutor:

I graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania with a double major in History and Social Science Secondary Education.  I taught for 14 years at Christian Leadership Academy, a classical Christian school now located in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  While at CLA, I taught Algebra I & II, Geometry, Logic, Western Civilization, and Latin (3-12th grade).  Because I love young people, I have stayed involved at my old school planning and leading their senior trips to Europe.

I love teaching and being able to teach from a Christian Worldview.  I have always taken seriously the warning in James 3:1:  “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”  I know this is specifically about teaching God’s word, but I think it can be applied to all teaching.  I have always been very aware of the overwhelming responsibility I have to God and to my students’ parents for how I model my relationship with Christ to my students.  I am happy to provide my resume and/or references.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Additional information: 

I live in Richland with my husband, Rey.  We attend Gracespring Bible Church.  There I am involved on the Drama team and teach the 4 and 5 year olds during the MOPS program.

Contact: 

586-770-7943

KATmrsregualos@gmail.com