The Logic Years
Dorothy Sayers, writer and presenter of The Lost Tools of Learning has this to say about the Logic stage of the trivium:
"For as, in the first part [grammar], the master-faculties [of the student] are Observation and Memory, so in the second [logic or dialectic], the master-faculty [of the student] is the Discursive Reason. In the first, the exercise to which the rest of the material was, as it were, keyed, was the Latin Grammar; in the second the key-exercise will be Formal Logic. It is here that our curriculum shows its first sharp divergence from modern standards."
The goal of the logic curriculum at Covenant Academy is to prepare our students to take every thought captive to Christ as Paul recounts in 2 Corinthians 10.
"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ...” 2 Cor. 10:5 (ESV)
Whether the subject is in the arts, humanities or sciences, it is to be subject to the supremacy of Christ in all things. It is not merely the defense of these subjects that guides our curriculum, it is the mastery of each area of study and the expectation that “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).
Covenant students will be able to articulate what is good, true and beautiful about each area of study, as we modeled by the Apostle Paul at Mars Hill. Not only did he demonstrate mastery of the material, he was able to communicate a vision that was culturally unique, redemptive and Christ-centered.