Last night, I began teaching two young boys, ages 11 and 12, Socratic thinking, using Ronald Gross' book, Socrates' Way. This promises to be interesting! We just got through the preface last night.
One of the boys suggested that we should put up a sign with these goals mentioned in the preface:
* STRENGTHENING OUR SOULS
* SPEAK THE TRUTH
* THINK FOR OURSELVES
* GROW WITH OTHERS
Not a bad notion. Maybe we should put up such a sign . . .
Also, we have a list of steps to following Socratic principles:
* Persistently raise significant questions
* Involve people in dialogue about their basic values
* Learn from those with authentic expertise
* Think productively with friends and colleagues
* Work together toward the truth
* Do the right thing
Next Assignment: Read the Introduction up to "Socrates: Then and Now"