The Socratic Method, Part 2

What happens if you answer the question? There is an interesting little dynamic created within the classroom: Everybody knows that the teacher already knows the answer, and the answer that the teacher knows is the right answer. The question (as question) is thereby subverted, transformed from an expression of relational dependence (asking for help) into… Continue reading The Socratic Method, Part 2

The Socratic Method, Part 1

Of the many, many things Socrates fathered in Western Society, none more directly messes with my day than the Socratic Method. You know when you're in the presence of the Socratic Method when a teacher or lecturer adopts the "I'm a little tea-pot" pose (one hand bent so that dorsal side of wrist makes contact… Continue reading The Socratic Method, Part 1