Logic and Rhetoric

Aristotle wrote, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

 A hallmark of classical education is the teaching of formal logic and rhetoric, leading students to analyze critically and argue and communicate effectively by arranging facts into organized statements and arguments. Studying formal logic helps students understand the fundamentals of a good argument, and studying rhetoric gives students the tools to communicate expertly and persuasively. As students progress through their high school years, the skills learned in the study of logic and rhetoric will guide and strengthen future studies in all subjects, including apologetics and theology. The culmination of these skills will be displayed when students present their senior thesis before graduation. Students will be tasked with writing, researching, presenting, and defending a thesis on an academic topic of their choice. In their presentation, students will incorporate all three modes of persuasion: logos (logic), ethos (character), and pathos (emotion). The study of logic and rhetoric will serve our students in all facets of life, but ultimately, the goal is for our students to articulate their faith well and respectfully.