The following statements combined together reflect the philosophy of Socratic Seminars International in teaching and working with both students and adults.
“Teachers who find their kids’ ideas fascinating are just better teachers than teachers who find the subject matter fascinating.” Philip Sadler, professor, Harvard University, Science
Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand. – Ancient Chinese Proverb
Learning flourishes in classrooms filled with comfort, curiosity, and challenge.
Humans don’t get ideas; they make ideas. – Art Costa
Dialogue assumes many people have pieces of answers and that cooperation can lead to greater understanding.
The essence of critical thinking is suspended judgment; and the essence of this suspense is inquiry to determine the nature of the problem before proceeding to attempts at its solution. – John Dewey
Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein