Local Public High School Students Learn Philosophy and Find Their Voices

February 14, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a Columbia News article originally published on February 9th, 2020. 

Columbia's Freedom and Citizenship program is now accepting applications from rising juniors.

Can students today find meaning in the works of ancient Greek philosophers, like Socrates or Plato? Teachers involved with Freedom and Citizenship, Columbia’s summer program for local high school students, say the answer is yes. 

According to Jessica Lee, the program’s director, students and teachers engage with the ancient texts and make connections to the students’ current lives. “For one student, Rousseau's Social Contract is the key to understanding why her immigrant parents treat her brothers and sisters differently, and for another, Hobbes's Leviathan describes his experiences at his underperforming high school,” Lee said.

Read the full article at Columbia News.