Sunday, September 23, 2012

Socratic Parenting

Imagine a parenting technique that doesn’t tell you what to do, but teaches the art of self-discovery that can be implemented with your child for their benefit.
What would happen if you used “open inquiry” questions (open ended questions) to help your child discover and learn, rather than tell and indoctrinate?  Would it lead to greater self-discovery and appreciation of the truth?

Socrates educed from his students so they could discover the truth for themselves.  He stated that: A mind is a flame to be ignited, not a vessel to be filled.  Only the practice of “open inquiry” opens the mind for ignition.

Many wise educators have deplored the current educational system’s practice of treating children as sponges to be filled up and squeezed out on a test.  It is an unwise parenting practice as well.  There’s nothing more useless than a mind filled with other’s thoughts.

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