- Wilson-Okamura, Tricia Instructor
An education in Great Books is unique in the conception that the best way to attain knowledge, as opposed to information, opinion, or training, is for students to read and discuss original texts. Plato taught that the mind does not acquire the most meaningful lessons by listening to lectures but by engaging actively in dialogue with a skilled questioner. The Great Books program offers seminars on literature, philosophy, the natural and social sciences, and the arts, in which the teacher acts as a guide and fellow investigator of ideas that have most influenced our world. Students learn to read, think, argue, and write analytically on such questions as what makes a city or an individual civilized, what are the essential qualities and organization of nature, and what lessons history teaches about human behavior, and the best forms of society, economy, and government.