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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

Socrates never went to college; he was too cool for that. All he cared about was challenging, questioning, and debating men of ignorance mistaking themselves as knowledgeable. Socrates was the antithesis of elitist mentality; he did not believe that any one person or any one school of thought is authoritative or has the wisdom to teach “stuff”. He was strictly against going to college and described it as “A place for pumping Heroine and Rock music”.

Socrates lost two of his friends: Chad and Aristippus, after they went to college and overdosed on Heroine. After that incident Socrates couldn’t accept the idea of going to college. For him, going to college is the same as going to meet your doom. And thus Socrates wrote after the death of his friends: “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

Socrates’ idea of education is the dialectic method. It is a method in which a teacher (preferably Socrates or someone as annoying as him) by asking leading questions, guides students to discovery.

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