The Course

Guiding Critical Thought

Does this sound like you?

The idea of teaching critical thinking sounds awesome, but you’re not skilled enough for it.

What you know of critical thinking is only for debate and you feel like it promotes antagonism.

You want your students to develop a good worldview, but you’re not sure what means or if they’re succeeding.

Now imagine…

you have a mentor at your disposal to help you gain understanding and confidence in
this process …


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Special Beta-Testing Pricing!

For a limited time, I’m offering beta-testers an opportunity to join at a deeply discounted rate.

$27/month or $275/year.

These are automatically renewed until you cancel. 

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Discovery Thought Dialogue

Reimagine the fundamentals of how we learn through aided and unaided discovery.

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Socratic Seminar

Discover the history and mechanics of discovery through dialogue, how to ask meaningful questions, and do’s and don’ts.

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Application Beyond the Seminar

Expand beyond the seminar circle and apply the Socratic method in other areas of the learning environment.

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Writing as Thinking

Change your perspective of writing to a tool for thinking that aids you (and your students) in deeper levels of thinking.

Guiding Critical Thought

“Education is the kindling of flame, not the filling of a vessel.”


Guiding Critical Thought

Less is More

Internet Browser

Headphones to Listen to Lessons

A Quiet Place to Get Lost in Thought

Journal for Writing Your Thoughts


Word Processor

Lessons are in audio and designed to engage your imagination. 

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
– Virginia Wolf

Nothing Like Public Education

The secret to alternative forms of education is that they’re nothing like public education! Most frustration comes from trying to replicate the public classroom environment. But what should you do instead? GCT teaches you how to breakthrough this barrier.

Critical Thinking & Dialogue

GCT provides a breakdown of the thinking and dialogue process. Doing so allows learners to use these tools for discovery instead of antagonism. Also learn to scaffold this process according to your children’s abilities, and how writing is a form of thinking.

Join a Community Just Like You

In addition to the guidance provided for by the course, you are invited to join a fledging community of alternative educators seeking to bring this method into their home and private education environments. 

Learning to think well is not incidental to learning – it’s fundamental to it! Guiding Critical Thought is learning how to learn gives you and your students the ability to teach yourselves anything.

Guiding Critical Thought
On Demand Hybrid Course

Learn Through Dialogue

All lessons are on demand and self-directed. They are accompanied by monthly interactive web calls. You will be joined by fellow students currently enrolled to participate in Socratic style Zoom calls with your Socratic Seminar Coach.

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Teach better thinking by becoming a better thinker

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Learn to self-evaluate through self-directed learning

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Apply lessons in the classroom; come back with questions

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Engage your thought process instead of using short cuts

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Appreciate the value of reconsidering previous ideas

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Embrace the process of intellectual perserverence

“If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a passage, you cannot expect the book to give you any insight you do not already possess.”

– Mortimer Adler

Guiding Critical Thought
A Holistic Approach

Course Modules

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Module 1:
The Art of Learning

  1. Two Ways of Discovery
  2. Ignonace is Not Always Bliss
  3. The Guide-Learner Relationship
  4. The Role of Thinking in Discovery
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Module 2:
All About the Socratic Method

  1. Socrates, the Man
  2. The Uses of the Socratic Method
  3. Offshoots of the Socratic Method
  4. How to Conduct a Socratic Seminar
  5. Should the Socratic Guide Participate in the Dialogue?
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Module 3:
Stages & Skills of Thinking

  1. The Six Stages of Thinking
  2. Applications for Education
  3. Critical Feeling: How Thoughts & Feelings Relate
  4. Manipulation vs Influence
  5. Traits and Skills of Critical Thinkers
  6. Logical Fallacies & Cognitive Biases
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Module 4:
Writing as Thinking

  1. Observation & Contemplation: The Socratic Seminar for Introverts
  2. Write to Think, Don’t Think to Write
  3. The Method of Writing as Thinking
  4. Write without Fear, Edit without Mercy
  5. Introduction & Conclusion

Plus Interactive Web Seminars

Take the lessons of the modules deeper by joining monthly Zoom calls with your Socratic Guide and other students. These are Socratic-style to help you become accustomed to learning through dialogue, while helping the lessons congeal in your mind.
Zoom calls are on the first Saturday of the month at 4:00pm ET / 1:00pm PT

Your Socratic Guide

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Kerry Baldwin

Founder of Mere Liberty Courses,
Author, Independent Researcher, B.A. Philosophy

I’m a veteran homeschool parent and have now branched out teaching critical thought using the Socratic method and dialoguing about the principles of a free society. One of those fundamental principles is in the freedom to think, explore, and discover how the world works. I use the Socratic method as a means of discovery and self-improvement in the key skills of critical thinking.


Unique Benefits

In this course, critical thinking skills are not secondary to learning, they’re fundamental to learning. In addition to the general benefits of building critical thinking skills, this course takes a holistic approach which includes understanding how our feelings relate to our thoughts, and how to use writing as a tool for thinking.

Special Pricing

Special pricing is currently available for beta-testers.
This means you get a deeply discounted rate from the normal selling price (TBD). In exchange for this deep discount, you agree to commit to the course, provide honest and timely feedback, and provide a testimonial upoon completion.

Guiding Critical Thought
(Monthly) Beta-Testers

Get started now in learning how to help your students become better thinkers.

  • Audio Lessons, released weekly ($33/mth Value)
  • Monthly 2-hr Group Dialogue w/ Socratic coach ($97/mth Value)
  • Private Forum w/ Fellow Course members ($27/mth Value)

Access to all updated material with active membership

TOTAL VALUE: $157/mth



per student beta-tester

*renews monthly automatically until canceled

Guiding Critical Thought
(Annual) Beta-Testers

Get started now in learning how to help your students become better thinkers.

  • 25 On-Demand Audio Lessons
    ($397 Value)
  • Monthly 2-hr Group Dialogue w/ Socratic coach ($1164 Value)
  • Private Forum w/ Fellow Course members ($324 Value) 

Access to all updated material with active membership

TOTAL VALUE: $1885/yr



per student beta-tester

*renews annually automatically until canceled

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead