Northside to Host the Ultimate Socratic Seminar


Marlene Benitez, Co-Web Designer

The First Annual CPS Socratic Seminar will be hosted by Northside’s English department on April 31. The topic of the seminar has been decided and will take a philosophical standpoint: Should homework be banned?

The event can be viewed live through Google Meet, through the Live Stream option available. The link will be sent out to the student body by Mr. Barry Smith the day of. For those who cannot attend, the livestream will also be recorded and available after the event to view. 

The participants selected for the seminar are not from Northside and have been invited to share their ideas with one of the top schools in Chicago. The lineup for Northside’s first ever Socratic seminar will be: 

  • A Northside teacher (to be determined on April 1st via student body vote)
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Greta Thunberg
  • JoJo Siwa 
  • Skai Jackson
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Kanye West

(All individuals were chosen by Northside’s ‘Bird Watchers’ club from a survey they sent out to NCP students.)

Each person will be asked to come to the seminar with prior arguments and evidence, with no restrictions on what they can use to support their statements. However, there will be security present to make sure the conversations do not get out of hand.  

We look forward to seeing you there!