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Oh, YES!! Isn't that what we all complained about in school ourselves? And
often the most liked and respected teacher was the one who actively
challenged the students.
For those interested, look up Charles Sanders Peirce (American philosopher,
late 19th century) and his development of the 'community of inquiry.'
Also take a look at http://philosopher.org , which chronicles the work of my
colleague, Chris Phillips. Chris has been developing philosophical
communities in the Mission District schools of San Francisco.