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David Shiner

A tough assignment! I might be inclined to try Plato's dialogue Crito. In it, Socrates confronts a friend whose common-sense approach to a serious problem seems to be impeccable. Through friendly but critical questioning, Socrates helps the friend - and the reader - come to understand, step by step, why the friend's inclinations and reasoning are seriously flawed. It's a brief reading by Platonic standards, and in some ways it's a microcosm of the Shimer classroom.

Landis

Friere's Pedagogy of the Oppressed or his shorter work Education for Critical Consciousness

August

Required reading the summer before the first year should include Mortimer J Adler's "How to Read" and "How to Speak, How to Listen."

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