In a column for the Washington Post, Jay Matthews wonders why the Socratic Method isn’t utilized more in today’s educational system. Educators often hold up the method–which relies on dialogue, rather than testing–as the best kind of teaching. For much of history, intellectual elites and teachers learned through Socratic Method. Answers weren’t scored “right” or “wrong.” Rather they led to more dialogue, through which would eventually yield knowledge. Given this, Matthews wonders, how did we go from this method to a model that is ruled by standardized testing and analysis? Matthews suggests that students in the Washington area these days are probably know more local standardized tests than they do about Socrates and his pupil, Plato. Matthews, along with other critics of standardized tests, think that the heavy focus on testing robs schools of the creative clash of intellects–the same clash that makes Plato’s dialogues so engrossing…