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ANOTHER OPEN LETTER TO HOME SCHOOLS

ANOTHER OPEN LETTER TO HOME SCHOOLS
by Jon Rappaport

NOVEMBER 13, 2010. Imagine this. The key subject that turns a mediocre education into a brilliant one has been eliminated from most schools of any kind.

It’s true, and that subject is logic.

James Madison, thought of by many as the father of the Constitution, studied logic intensely at the College of New Jersey. In fact, we have 122 pages of Madison’s own handwritten notes from the course. The course followed the pattern laid down in a famous 17th-century book, Logic or the Art of Thinking.

As a college student, Thomas Jefferson studied philosophy and logic under Professor William Small, at William and Mary. Small had come to the college from Aberdeen, Scotland, where he, in turn, had studied under William Duncan, a renowned logician and author of Elements of Logick. Indeed, Jefferson later remarked Professor Small went a long way toward shaping his life.

In both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, we can see that the development of the content is achieved by a brilliant logical progression of ideas.

The philosopher whose work contributed most to the founding documents of the American Republic, John Locke, once wrote, “Logic is the anatomy of thought.”

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