Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
One of the first ideas presented in Socrates' "Republic" is the idea that all people should be educated. This makes sense to all of us, but at the same time, the purpose of that education is another point of discussion. Today's objective is to discuss education, why it is necessary, and whether it can also be harmful as well.
1. Have students make a list of the different forms of education they have had in their lives up to this point.
2. In smaller groups, have students discuss whether they feel education is necessary in order to be a valuable part of society. Why or why not?
3. As a class, have students discuss why education is necessary at all, what kinds of education are necessary, etc. Can education also be harmful to society? In what ways?
4. Homework: Have each student make a list of all the topics...
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