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I think your lady is a lousy teacher who lacks the heart and the creativity

to teach.

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From: John Hall [mailto:johnhall@evergo.net]

Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2001 6:32 PM

To: FoRK

Subject: How do you teach fundamental logic to someone that doesn't grok it?

I was presented with this problem from a lady that taught logic at the

college level.

About the simplest thing in logic is:

Given: A => B

Given: A

Conclude: ?

What do you do with a student that can't answer that question?

My reactions boiled down to:

a) dumbfounded that someone over the age of 12 who can dress themselves

considers that a hard problem.

b) anyone who can't get that will never get that and can't be taught logic.

Hand them a shovel.

On the other hand, I have seen people that had trouble with:

Given: A => B

Given: B

Conclude: ?

That seemed to be harder to understand, and for someone that misses such

questions I can think of ways to teach them, provided they could get the

first problem right.

Any thoughts?

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