The students read many different kinds of texts.
Most of the
readings are short, generally no more than a page or two.
the lower grades many of the readings are folk tales from
around the world. However, whether the text is a folk
tale, an excerpt from an essay, a historyical work, or a
political document it is always about one or more
common human ideas or common human experiences.
For instance, here are a few of the questions that we discuss
during the year:
What does a judge do?
Is there some reason why parents should be in charge of the
family rather than the children? If so, what is the reason?
What is a lie?
Are all untrue statements lies?
Is being curious a good thing or a bad thing? Sometimes good
and sometimes bad? If the latter, how do we know when t is
good and when it is not good?
Is there beauty in math?
What is nationalism? is it good? If so, why? If not, why not?
Is it true that children will be unhappy if they get
everything they want? If so, why? If not, why not?
Will adults be unhappy of they get everything they want? Does
it depend upon what they want?
If a person breaks an unjust law is he obligated
to suffer a penalty for it? Why or why not?
Is writing greater than speech? Or is the reverse the case?
What is slavery? Are there degrees of slavery - can one
be more or less of a slave than is another person?
Are some things better explained to others by means of words
while other things are better explained in some other way? Can
something without words?
Is it always a bad thing to get angry? Sometimes good and
sometimes bad? How can we know?
What causes friendship?
Regatta on the Grand Canal - Canaletto