- Paperback: 203 pages
- Publisher: New View Pubns; 2nd prt. edition (September 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0944337392
- ISBN-13: 978-0944337394
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice 2nd prt. Edition
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I am impressed...I like the common-sense practicality combined with high pedagogical ideals. -- Eva Brann, Dean, St. John's College and author of The Paradoxes of Education in a Republic.
Michael Strong's ideas made me the teacher I am today. Socratic Practice gives meaning and relevance not only to our curricular studies within the school, but also to our out-of-school lives. -- Elaine Griffin, 1995 National Teacher of the Year.
About the Author
Michael Strong is a member of the National Paideia Faculty and Director of the Center for Socratic Practice at the Judson Montessori School in San Antonio, Texas.
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Strong's second assumption is that true learning means learning how to think ... about everything that one encounters, and that people only truly learn what they are interested in, so that students should be allowed [encouraged] to pursue their own trains of thought, but (since he advocates beginning this process in 4th grade) most classes will do this best if their conversation is focused on understanding a text (which is why he calls this Socratic "Practice" rather than "Seminar").
He weaves these themes together with clear illustrations and practical suggestions into a book that would revolutionize education if it were followed.
I highly recommend this for teachers, and especially teachers and students of education. I warn parents and students in conventional schools, however: This book could foster discontent with the status quo!
Additionally, my eldest daughter is a public school teacher and I know this book will help her to enable her students to find ways of knowing, ways of discussing, and a more mature understanding of themselves as sentient beings capable of informed judgments.
This book sits next to How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Foster) as two of my top ten.