The Socratic Method

During a recent grad school class, I had occasion to explain what the Socratic Method is.

Please let me explain the Socratic Method.  A few millenia ago, this brilliant kid named Socrates asked my Jewish great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother Channa why he was not being effective as a teacher.  She said, “Socrates, stop kvetching and don’t be such a maven all the time.  All you do is tell everybody everything.  They know more than you give them credit for.  Ask them questions and let them come up with the answers.  From now on, no more telling, just asking.  Ferschtay-zie?”  Socrates thought for a moment and said, “Bubbe Channa, so is it better for a guy with all the answers to ask all the questions?”  She looked him in the eye and said, “what do you think?”  The rest is history.

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