“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.”
– Robert Frost
The goal of a Socratic Discussion is for students to help one another understand various ideas, issues, and values. Learning coaches and students facilitate a discussion around ideas rather than asserting opinions.
Through a process of listening and finding meaning and common ground, students work toward shared understanding rather than trying to prove a particular argument.
This practice is meant to meet a very basic adolescent need, which is simply to be heard. It is also meant to establish the habit of using critical thinking skills as well as listening to different perspectives with an open mind and without taking offense.
Our students often choose the subjects and facilitate the discussions. They also created the private forums found on this website as a way to continue the discussion and to post suggestions on where to get more perspective on the different ideas.