"You MUST do the Myth of the Cave, which is at the beginning of Book VII, I believe. The story of the Ring of Gygias is also helpful. Depending on needs/interests, Plato's discussion of the various forms of government (books VIII-IX)…"
Our school still--deliberately--uses a very "old-school" approach with the pre-1990 Jenney's First Year Latin for high school Latin I and II. We are in the process of rethinking our introduction course (7th grade) to introduce some basic grammar forms and concepts--all six tenses of active voice, declensions 1-3, all the cases and their uses comparable to what Jenney's covers through about ch. 18. Does anyone know of a traditional Latin program which addresses these in a way that would prep…See More
"In response to 1, there is, I think, a real similarity in that there is a "turning around," a metanoia of the soul inboth cases. A chief difference is that Plato clearly insists that there is a capacity to see, it must only be turned…"
"In response to 2, I see Socratic questioning as "both a blessing and a curse." It can motivate students to think and enquire, but overuse--to which Socrates sometimes seems prone--can discourage them, too. As Christians, we…"
"I see Thrasymachus as utterly amoral--his definition of justice as "the advantage of the stronger" is thoroughly cynical, and even reminds me of the famous Bismarck saying, "A treaty is nothing but a scrap of paper." …"
"The Melian Dialogue, Job (I insist this is a relevant connection) and Thucydides' account of the plague, like the Republic, all raise the question of why one should be just--the motive. As Calvin, following Augustine's City of God,…"
"I have taught my students to see the basic issue of the Republic--why should one be just?--as an intriguing parallel to the book of Job. Both address the fact that not everything is a means--we must identify, correctly, the ends for which we…"
"I got a lot out of Jamie Martin's talks on heart learning vs. intellectualism and the liturgies of our learning. I think he is spot on when he says that our daily habits and practices train the loves of our hearts, which really shape…"
"The passage which I referenced previously is part 4 (I think) of Question 96 of the Summa, the issue posed as,
"Whether men were equal in the state of innocence?" This is a great spot to address both Aquinas' method…"
"At my school, I have the blessing of teaching History and Literature in a double period humanities class. I think this works much better than separating the two. Thus, our literature includes bits of Herodotus and Thucydides,…"
"I don't have the reference handy this weekend, but there is a piece of the Summa which I use with my students in which Aquinas discusses whether there would be government if man had not fallen. It is great for teaching the Scholastic…"
Richard welcome to ClassicalEducator! I encourage you to join the group for Latin educators and the group for logic... Just click on the GROUPS page (under the DISCUSS tab). BTW, I love "The Smile That Wins" by Wodehouse.