In this episode, we discuss logic — but couched in writing an essay about William Blake’s poem The Tyger, which I actually helped a student with years ago, way back in 2006 or 2012 or thereabouts. So this episode is about what I remember doing with that student to correct mistakes he had about the assignment and to help him write an A paper.
We had to use some logic and thinking skills like definition, classification, contrast, similarity and difference, thinking as asking and answering questions, and concept-formation. Being about logic, this episode applies to all things: physics, chemistry, math, history, literature, medicine, marketing, philosophy, fitness, and more — it applies to any use of conceptual thought to understand things in the world, because everywhere we turn to think conceptually, we need logic to do it right and be true.
We need to train students to always think about concretes to not get lost in words and not get lost in math. We should help them be real. We and they need to be rooted in reality to not waste money — or injure people or destroy lives. Logic is not a joke or mere academic issue.
Students need the cognitive tools to be true to reality. Their and our lives and well-being depend on it. And teachers have the responsibility to provide it.
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