On Friday of the Education Conference, participants will have a chance to join two breakout discussions in small groups where they will discuss short readings from Plato and Schumacher. During both discussions, we will take some time to debrief on the discussion process itself and reflect on what makes a good discussion.
Breakout Session One will focus on a selection from Plato’s Theaetetus. In this reading, Plato describes his life calling as a “midwife” to knowledge. The argument is interesting with plenty of nuance and showcases Plato’s inquiry-based approach to knowing.
Breakout Session Two will focus on a chapter from E.F. Shumacher’s book Small Is Beautiful, Economics as if People Mattered. In this chapter, Shumacher lays out his perspective on the most important economic resource—education. He describes how he thinks education might look if people mattered.
As part of the conference, we have created a conference booklet that includes a schedule of events and the two readings. However, if you are not able to read the selections, you are still welcome to attend the discussions.