Logic Lessons for Life! The Fallacy Detective Book Review

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

Today’s review features a detailed look at The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn. We received a paperback copy of this 264 paged book and used it with our 8th grader, Bear. The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning book was created to be used with students ages 13 and up.

The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning was written over 15 years ago to introduce Logic into middle and high school education in-home or classroom settings. An error in logic, commonly referred to as a fallacy, points out where someone has made a mistake in their thinking. This book takes a step-by-step approach to educating parents on how to teach their children to recognize those errors. All 36 lessons start with a reading passage and end with exercises to complete. Illustrations are also included throughout the book of familiar cartoons along with other art that coincides with the lessons. The Fallacy Detective Game and an Answer Key are also located at the back of the book.

Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn also took a lot of time to ensure this book could be used to teach at home around the dinner table, in homeschool, a co-op classroom, as well as in public, private, or charter school settings. The lessons are easy-to-use with detailed examples and activities that vary in difficulty to challenge all participants. Each lesson builds upon the previous one, so you grow reasoning skills daily. Those same skills can also be instantly applied as your teen converses with peers at home, school, church, or work.


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My husband and Bear worked through this book each evening after their Proverbs study. They allowed their natural conversation to flow along with each topic without setting a time limit for the evening’s activity. It was also fun to watch them play both sides and try to stump each other. They also used our subscription to WORLD Watch News videos for extra material to practice with.

Overall, The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn has been a great addition to our homeschool. We recommend The Fallacy Detective to families ready to teach Logic to their teenagers. We encourage our children to step outside the mold and be courageous in all efforts. Learning to substantiate an argument logically is key in crushing that mold and building good thinking skills.

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Published by Ta'Neisha K.

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