The Argument Ninja Curriculum
The Argument Ninja Academy program is intended to teach students the art, science and ethics of “rational persuasion” — how to think independently and critically, how to reason well, and how to communicate effectively and persuasively.
The organization of the program, and the teaching and learning principles on which it’s founded, are inspired by martial arts training principles.
A common feature of martial arts programs is a level-based progression system. The levels are coded as colored belt ranks. Beginners are white belts. They learn the white belt skills, demonstrate those skills in a belt test, and move on to yellow belt. And so on. This system is part of an overarching strategy for teaching complex skills in an incremental and cumulative fashion.
The Argument Ninja Academy program is organized around the same philosophy of learning and skill development. But in this case the skills involve reasoning, communication, persuasion, and critical thinking more broadly.
Below is a current draft of the Argument Ninja curriculum. It gives the titles of the learning modules that make up a given belt level.
This document gives a sense of the themes that will be covered but obviously doesn’t say much about the teaching methods we’ll be deploying in the online learning environment that we’re developing.
I’ll be discussing the elements of this curriculum in the podcast and in articles on this site, and in the lower section of this page.
[Note: This is a working document. Expect it to change.]