Why Cogito? Why do many students and parents come to Cogito? And what distinguishes Cogito from an ordinary school, from a solitary academic path? Why do these parents and students choose Cogito rather than the 'private lessons' that are abundant on the Internet? This question often comes up! So we'll try to answer it here!
The English experience
Cogito was born of the dual academic path of its two founders, on the continent and in the Anglo-Saxon system. Because the English system has many points in common with the 'continental' system. Yet it differs in one fundamental respect. In the English system, students and teachers live together. Therefore, in colleges, for example in Oxford UniversityStudents and teachers literally live together. This naturally leads to all sorts of 'virtuous' discussions, which stimulate the students intellectually. By maintaining a climate of healthy emulation. These colleges are defined as incubators of talent, through the richness, permanence and intensity of the intellectual exchanges they foster.
In these colleges, there are rules such as perfect equality between students and teachers, at least in some contexts. So meals, taken together, become places of enriching exchanges for the students (and their teachers!). It is not uncommon to see a professor, the best in his or her field, having a meal in deep conversation with a 17 or 18 year old first year student. An informal student/teacher exchange that is rarer, even exceptional, in the Belgian, French or German systems. Of course, respect for the teacher is preserved in strict teaching contexts.
Why Cogito? The best of both worlds!
It is from this observation that born Cogito. Not to 'ape' in any way an existing system. But to recreate, on the continent, the best of the Anglo-Saxon pedagogy and solar and university tradition, while respecting the specificities, rhythms and requirements of the 'continental' European tradition.