Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Socrates, Learning and Knowledge
The Socratic Legend
"I do not see anything," the young man said.
Bend near to the surface and take a closer look," replied Socrates.
As the man stared intently into the water, leaning as close to the surface as he could without falling in, Socrates grabbed the back of the young man's head and thrust it under the water. As the young man flailed and tried to escape Socrates kept a firm grip and held him under the surface of the water. As the man grew weaker and began to give up, Socrates pulled him from the water and laid him on the bank.
As the man gasped and coughed, he gathered himself and he yelled out, "What are you trying to do you crazy old man? Kill me!"
Too often our students misunderstand finding answers with learning. They have been led to believe that algorithmic problem solving is critical thinking. And worst of all, have been brainwashed into believing that grades equal knowledge.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
- Socrates -