Archives for category: Reading


We still need to teach kids how to read and process text and other media critically. There is not yet a tool that can read a text critically for a student, and even if one existed, could we trust it?

The full quote from Socrates is:

“…this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. “ (Dialogues of Plato, Phaedrus, pp. 275).

Is it ironic that you are reading this quote about Socrates on this blog? Seems like the ability to read may dull our individual memories, but that it greatly strengthens the memory of our species.