Here is a quote from my mentor, Thomas Steele-Maley, that has inspired me.
“It is vital for young people to understand the foundations of political and philosophical thought across a wide swath of human existence. This in itself will provide for informed life and action in the 21st century. This project will provide in-depth independent research, as well as reading and writing in foundational and critical sources. Along with these intellectual pursuits, Jake will be encouraged to “live” his quest for knowledge as much as the thinkers he is reading did in their time. Participants will build an individually designed, blended model of learning that encourages mobile, networked, and rhizomatic connections— with both informational text and peer researchers.”