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“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.”

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In his lifetime, Ralph Waldo Emerson became the most widely known man of letters in 19th century America, establishing himself as a prolific poet, essayist, popular lecturer, and an advocate of social reforms who was nevertheless suspicious of reforms and reformers. Emerson preached that the core of a liberal education was for students to learn the process of thinking for themselves. Using the Socratic method to elicit responses while being receptive to a student’s inner voice, we seek to recognize the wisdom of the child as something to be honored and nurtured.