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What is an Areté Seminar? With a 1:6 teacher-to-student ratio, an Areté Seminar is so much more than just a small class. Built on a foundation of open communication and mutual respect, our Seminars represent a shared goal: to create a place where profound reflection and innovative risk-taking are encouraged and celebrated.
Instead of competing for attention and points, Areté students engage in thoughtful questioning, proposing counterarguments, tightening logic, and working together to deepen and expand discourse. Our students learn to communicate clearly, think critically, and speak confidently.
The important thing is not just knowing what something is; the important bit is knowing why something is the way it is and how it works and why it matters. It’s about being thoughtful and disciplined in your learning so you can think about what you know and in a meaningful and original way (1).
This excerpt, from a widely-circulated essay entitled “What Professors Expect From You,” highlights the supposed difference between a fact-and-skills-based high school education and the deeper, more inferential challenges of the university. Spot on in capturing what deeper learning should look like, the tract has no doubt inspired a few precocious students, while perhaps terrifying a handful of others.
We hear it all the time: all learners have their own unique “greatness.” Indeed, students need their own combination of right things to flourish – the right mentors, the right peers, the right culture, and — most important — the right educational environment.
While traditional schools puzzlingly claim to provide the right mix of factors for every student, experts continue to lament the one-size-fits-all nature of most classrooms and curricula.