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Captivating Scenarios, Exceptional Critical Thinking
Engage your teen in captivating crime-related scenarios and give him the exceptional critical thinking skills he needs with the James Madison Critical Thinking Course. Superbly easy for any homeschool family to use, the step-by-step, self-instructional lessons and activities are straightforward and applicable across your teen’s entire curriculum.
Learn Analytical Skills by Solving Mysteries
Using mini-mysteries and a fictional detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, each chapter of the James Madison Critical Thinking Course focuses on various thinking skills and leads your teen gradually into complicated analytical skills. Massive in scope, the course teaches more than sixty-five skills and concepts related to critical thinking, such as learning how to distinguish a fact from an opinion, recognizing ambiguity in a statement, evaluating arguments as valid or not, and assessing common fallacies in reasoning.
Includes Everything Covered in a Typical Logic Course
Everything in a typical introductory logic course is included in the James Madison Critical Thinking Course. Pages are perforated for easy removal and are reproducible for your home use. The Instruction Guide (sold separately) provides answers to both the exercises and the quizzes, but virtually no additional information.
Authors: William O'Meara, Ph.D and Daniel Flage, Ph.D
Pages: 544, perforated
Activities: Sixty-five critical thinking related skills and concepts
Black & White: Yes
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co
Printed In: USA
Typical High School Credits Earned: 1/2 credit critical thinking
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My son wasn't a huge fan of this Critical Thinking Course. It is definitely challenging but I wouldn't say in a good way. More frustrating and once you know the answer a lot of times it still doesn't make sense.
WOW was I surprised by the challenge this gave my highschooler. I was expecting him to blow right through this curriculum..instead, he was engaged and stretching his knowledge with each assignment. Some were very challenging and he reached out for assistance, giving us a great opportunity to work together to solve the assignment. Very pleased with this thought-provoking curriculum and will use it again with my younger son when he's ready.
This is a really good book for actually putting logic into practice through criminal investigation. I would have liked some more introductory help for me as the teacher, but overall, a really good "working" textbook!
When I handed The James Madison Critical Thinking Course to my 11th grader, he groaned (loudly). He hadn't worked through a critical thinking course and I thought this seemed to be the most interesting option. I honestly can't say that it's his favorite subject, but he does it without complaint. He works through the lessons on his own and I find the grading to be a snap. When I asked for his critique he said that he likes the fact that the lessons can be completed in a short amount of time. He also mentioned that the lessons can get a bit repetitive, but I see this as a definate plus by helping to solidify the concepts. Overall, I'm very pleased with the scope of skills covered and will be using this with my younger children.
This critical thinking course is highly interesting. Court cases are reviewed by the student as they attempt to determine logical answers to questions asked. My students only complaint is that the answer key does not tell the outcome of the trial. A small flaw in an otherwise great program.