The Socratic method is an excellent tool for teaching kids how to think independently and defend their thoughts. Though I'm not sure Michael Strong and I share the same world view, he makes good points about the need for Socratic method in education and how it can effect society.
A brief explanation of Socratic Seminars The Internet is full of ideas for older students and how to use Socratic Seminars in the classroom. This guide is for younger kids! This product is not a training tool, but a guide and it will provide some focus questions and ideas to conduct the seminar.