Thanks for checking out my review of The Fallacy Detective! Below you will find a free download of a study guide, and an opportunity to enter to win a copy of the book!
Do you ever feel lost in the empty but poetic words of a politician?
Do your children argue with you regularly?
Do you ever wish you could read or watch the news with more understanding of the biases of the reporters?
I am so excited to share my thoughts about a fantastic book called, The Fallacy Detective. If you are planning on studying rhetoric, logic, or current events, or just want you kids (or yourself!) to recognize bad reasoning and fallacies in the media, then this book is a great one for you to pick up. It is also a quick study for students who struggle with these subjects as well, as a remediation of the terms and concepts.
The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How To Recognize Bad Reasoning, by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn, is a chapter book of brief yet meaningful lessons on many different fallacies, such as The Red Herring, Generalizations, Ad Hominem and Propaganda. The lessons are usually about 3 pages long, filled with illustrations, examples and stories to drive the point home. Each lesson is then followed by a series of thought-provoking exercises that will encourage discussion and thinking.
“Are fallacies important to understand?” you ask? YES! They are important for all of us, because they are constantly used in the worlds of politics, new reporting, advertising, and media to convince us of how to cast our votes, to believe faulty reasoning, and get us to spend our money. Discernment and wisdom come from knowing the truth and recognizing a lie.
The authors have beautifully simplified a topic that most parents would struggle to explain to their children in their own words. They’ve done the difficult work, and done it well. I feel most lessons can be done 2 at a time, making this a quick study for families with older and intermediate children. While 12 years and up might get the most from this book, certainly, younger children will benefit from hearing the stories and being in on the discussion.
To take a peak, please visit The Fallacy Detective website. The company also offers 35% off of group orders for schools and homeschool co-ops, and the website lists online retailers who sell the book.
Because I know you can’t wait to dive in, I’m making it super easy for you!
I’m offering you a FREE download of this study guide to accompany the book. With additional questions to encourage understanding of the text, a place to answer the book’s exercises, and a build-your-own glossary of terms, it’s sure to make the material manageable and fun.
AND – for readers of Six More Summers, I am GIVING AWAY SIX copies of The Fallacy Detective, courtesy of the authors. From July 19th through July 29th, ‘like’ my facebook page, Six More Summers (you will receive 5 entries), or leave a comment on this blog post (you will receive 2 entries), and you will be entered to win a copy! Just click below to sign in and get started!