Little Flower’s Seeking Socrates program gives students multi-disciplinary experiences in inquiry-based thinking. Drawing upon Socratic method, this program introduces students to cooperative argumentative dialogue between individuals, based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to draw out ideas and underlying assumptions. St. Thomas Aquinas drew on these same ancient ideals to incorporate reason as a way of exploring faith and theology in medieval universities, a system known as Scholasticism in the Catholic academic tradition.
Students are asked to examine connections between what they learn in the classroom and the real world and to examine carefully and thoughtfully what they know and how they know it. The program introduces students to other great minds in human history and from a diverse range of contemporary thinkers. Reading from this wide range of scholars, drawn from a variety of backgrounds, places and ethnicities, students develop multiple lenses through which the world may be understood. In so doing, students develop a broader understanding of how knowledge is created and communicated in human societies. Throughout the program, students will grapple with ethical questions regarding the restriction and expansion of knowledge in all subject areas. The program takes students on a journey in their understanding of their own minds and knowledge. Ultimately, we will examine together the eternal questions, the sacred questions, of human existence through the lenses of science, philosophy and religion.