Socratic and Platonic Pedagogy: Four Lessons from the Masters

Thursday, June 25 | 2:30-3:15pm

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As classical educators, we admire, read, and learn from Plato and his presentation of Socrates, but we do so primarily with an eye toward ethics and metaphysics. We primarily regard these intellectual giants as thinkers, but what if we consider them as educators? What can we learn about teaching from two of history’s greatest teachers? In this session, we will consider the socratic dialogue (a staple of classical pedagogy in our upper level classes), but we will look more closely at their use of narrative, constructed experience, irony, and humor as pedagogical tools and consider the ways in which we might better incorporate these methods into our own classroom instruction.

Dr. Jason Merritt

Dr. Jason Merritt is instructor of classical Greek and the senior thesis director at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas. He has served classical schools in the Fort Worth Area for 12 years as both a teacher and headmaster. He has served as a translation consultant with Bible League International on Bible translation projects in Haitian Creole, Swahili, Japanese, and Croatian. He is the author of "Devils and Deviants: Religious Schism in 1st and 2nd John."