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Mr. Nance the Younger

“A wise son makes a father glad” (Prov. 15:20)

It is my sincere pleasure to announce that this year for Roman Roads Classrooms, the teacher of Logic and Rhetoric will be my son Josiah. He will also be teaching an Astronomy course (his favorite subject).

Josiah is an experienced teacher, having taught several math and science courses for the last three years at Sequitur Classical Academy in Baton Rouge, before returning to his roots in Idaho this year. He was a very popular teacher at Sequitur among both students and parents.  Roman Roads Classroom is blessed to have him as a teacher.

In his 12  years at Logos School, Josiah was one of my best students. He has a sharp mind, true artistic talent, a fun sense of humor, and a mature sense of the seriousness of life firmly founded on godly joy. He received his bachelor of arts in liberal arts and culture from New St. Andrews College in 2014, before being hired by Sequitur to help develop their math and science program.

If you want to learn logic, rhetoric, or astronomy, I highly recommend this young man!


Logic with James B Nance

What will I learn in Intermediate Logic?

intermediate-logic-complete-program-dvd-course[1]Logic gives us standards and methods by which valid reasoning can be distinguished from invalid reasoning. It teaches students to think in a straight line, and to justify each step of their thought. Intermediate Logic does this using a symbolic language to represent the reasoning inherent in the language of argument. It is more flexible than syllogistic logic, and can thus apply to more real-life arguments.

Intermediate Logic Unit One teaches the powerful method of truth tables to determine the validity of propositional arguments. Unit Two takes these methods and teaches students how to deduce a conclusion from a set of premises, so they are able not only to show that an argument is valid, but also prove why it is valid. Unit Three teaches these same concepts using the modern method of truth trees. Unit Four applies these methods to the analysis of real-life arguments from 1 Corinthians 15, Hebrews 2, Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosophy,  Augustine’s City of God, and more (including a scene from the movie “Get Smart”). Unit Five teaches the fascinating application of these methods to the logic of digital electronics.

Logic with James B Nance

Audit Intermediate Logic

Would you like to be a fly on the wall in my logic class? Want to improve your understanding and/or teaching of logic by watching me teach and interact with my students, discussing the lesson after the class, and having the recorded class sessions available? If so, click HERE to audit Intermediate Logic for the 2017 school year!

What’s included for Auditors? First, you have access to all the live classes. During the discussion, you will not be called upon as I do with my regular students. You are free to watch in the background by muting your mic and camera, but you also have the option of appearing to ask a question or make a comment if you’d like.

After the regular class time has ended, students leave the virtual classroom while auditors are invited to stick around for a few minutes to ask “Teacher Questions”! This is when you would have me all to yourselves as teachers. Turn on your webcams and mics, and discuss the lesson, teaching logic in general, or whatever questions you might have.

We will meet together live for online recitations Monday/Thursday from 8:00-9:30 AM (PST), or Tuesday/Friday from 8:00-9:30 AM (PST). The spring semester starts January 5/6, 2017, and goes to May 18/19, with a Winter Break in mid-February and an Easter Break in mid-April.

I hope to see you there!

Caught by my students: Errors in my fallacies!

While teaching through Exercise 25, I was challenging my students on problem 3 to identify every possible syllogism making the fallacies of Two negative premises, and negative premise and affirmative conclusion, and no other fallacies.  I had original concluded that there were 32 such forms: EEA, EEI, EOA, EOI, OEA, OEI, OOA, OOI — all four figures of each.

Suddenly one of my students said, “But don’t some of those forms make others fallacies as well?” I realized he was right, and together we followed this rabbit trail, carefully working through the question to determine that, in fact, six of these forms do make additional fallacies: EOA-1, 2 and OOA-1, 2 have an Illicit Minor, and OOA-3, OOI-3 have an Undistributed Middle. Consequently, I have corrected my previous post on this topic.

I have some truly impressive logic students!

I Know London is the Capital of France

I teach logic online. In addition to my regular logic students I have several Classical Conversations tutors who audit my logic course. After I finish the lesson and my students leave, the auditors join the class live, turning on camera and mic, and we discuss the lesson. I appreciate these discussions, because I often learn as much from them as they do from me. Continue reading I Know London is the Capital of France

A New Year in Logic

This morning I had my first class with my new online Logic students. I am teaching six junior high and high school age students in Class A, with even more auditors joining us on the side. We will be meeting twice a week through Introductory Logic, using Zoom software, which appears to work very well for the larger class size.

I teach using the “flipped classroom” model. The students read the lesson in the text and watch me lecture through the lesson on the video (which allows them to rewind and review), then they work on the exercise for that lesson. Having done that, we all meet together online live, M/Th or T/F morning, where we discuss the assignment, answer any questions, correct any misconceptions, and generally verify that everyone is understanding the material. Then I preview the next lesson and they are on their way.

I encourage you to check out all of the online classes available through Roman Roads Media: Logic, Rhetoric, Economics, Good Books, Poetry, Old Western Culture, and American History.

Logic with James B Nance

What will I learn in Logic?

Logic-Bundle[1]The purpose of logic is to help students to be “masters of words in their intellects,” as Dorothy Sayers wrote, rather than “prey to words in their emotions.”

To this end, Introductory Logic teaches and trains students in four key skills: defining terms, making accurate statements, constructing arguments, and detecting fallacies in argument, the central concept being validity.

Logic with James B Nance

Online Logic Coming Soon!


For the 2015-16 school year, I will be offering an online Logic course through Roman Roads AcademyIntroductory Logic: The Fundamentals of Thinking Well, and Intermediate Logic: Mastering Propositional Arguments. Using the flipped classroom model, for each lesson my students will read the text and watch the video, then work on the exercise. We will then meet together for online recitation three days per week, where we will solidify their understanding of the concept.

As a special bonus for students of this course, I will make myself available for virtual office hours, where I will answer students’ questions during regular work hours every weekday!

Stay tuned! If you want to be among the first to receive more information about this upcoming class, sign up to the Roman Roads Media newsletter.

Logic is the art of reasoning well. Introductory Logic (fifth edition) teaches students how to define terms, make accurate statements, construct valid arguments, and detect fallacies. Intermediate Logic (third edition) teaches students how to analyze, develop, and prove propositional arguments.