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How deep are we forcing ourselves to dig?

As I was completing some assignments for this past week, the professor had us research ways we can get our future students to think deeper about solutions and conclusions to questions. Socratic questioning. If you’re not familiar with this type of questioning, it derives from the teaching of Socrates. The classical Greek philosopher who is credited as one of the founders of Western Philosophy. Socrates believed in, “the disciplined practice of thoughtful questioning enables the scholar/student to examine ideas and be able to determine the validity of those ideas”

Dig deeper.

So since Socrates required this of his students. Why can’t we require this of ourselves?

Have you ever been in a situation where you asked a question, you received an answer, but you just weren’t satisfied? You felt like there was more you needed to know? Maybe too afraid or shy to ask?

How many times have we heard in school?: Don’t be afraid to ask questions

But how many times have you cowered? It’s easy to just accept an answer from someone the first time. It’s easy to just say, okay if they wanted to tell me more, they would’ve. Or the answer will come to me later on.


It will not. Unless you want to know more.

Unfortunately, I’ve been in situations where more questions should’ve been asked. I shouldn’t have cowered, been nervous, or worried about what that person would’ve thought of me. I needed answers!!

And I feel like that’s how we should tackle Life. What’s the saying? Knowledge is power.

So why not be powerful on purpose?

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.-Socrates



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