What makes hitting a ball at a given angle logical? The original Greek definition of logic includes “rule” and “ratio” which certainly applies to a pool game. It also includes the idea of “the principles of correct reasoning,” which also applies, since logic is also defined as how we “ought” to reason. How people actually carry out the act of “correct reasoning” is dependent on each person’s specific definition of “correct,” however! My “correct reasoning,” as opposed to my husband’s, falls well short when it comes to shooting pool!
I believe most would agree women think differently than men. That isn’t to suggest one is smarter than the other, or one is right or wrong; just different. Men tend to think “logically;” while women tend to lean more toward emotions. This is by no means any implication that women can’t be logical, but it seems men are usually the ones who focus on data, mechanics, gadgets and competition. They are the ones who “fix” things. My husband would rather attempt to fix any broken appliance than bother with a new one. It’s one of the things he’s very good at! I on the other hand, usually have no such attachment to said item, and if it no longer works properly, replace it! I’d never attempt taking anything apart, because I know I’d never get it back together again!
Logic is also defined as formal or informal. Informal logic is often identified as “critical thinking,” while formal logic helps identify patterns of reasoning and can help people like computer scientists in research make good decisions, or my husband, who can see how things are supposed to work and if something is amiss among all the tiny wires! It also helps stimulate accuracy and transparency in communication skills, especially when someone is engaged in a discussion which may be argumentative.
Logic skills then, can be very helpful to students whether in a math class, in science or even a language or communication class, because it enables them to come to a reasonable conclusion, often based on a sequential thought process, which makes sense. But these skills are not genetic, according to Dr. Karl Albrecht. Rather it is a “learned mental process.”
Apparently, however, there is some discussion concerning how teachers are to define whether a student is using correct logical skills in making “correct inferences” from text used, to create validated or viable arguments. Based on the text, a student must decide the validity of an argument. If a student isn’t clear on which words denote sound arguments due to the ambiguity of the assignment, he can’t make a judgment on whether the logic of the argument is based on good or bad reasoning. The idea has become muddy and complicated.
Logic skills are necessary, even for people like me who tend to come to conclusions more likely through emotions. Whether the logic skill is innate or learned, there are times when figuring out things in a sequential manner must be applied. Our children need to understand this and learn it, if necessary. Personally, I’d like to keep it just that simple!