The importance of the these virtues I believe are due to the characteristic traits the authors believe students will obtain while developing these virtues. Skills such as listening, leadership, attentiveness, effective communication etc. all of which are necessary for effective students. Knowing the right questions to ask, when to ask them, and conveying their thoughts effectively allows the students to be actively engaged in an educational setting. Therefore maximizing the students potential for success. These according to the authors are some of the qualities that make up a good student. But on the other hand, Schwartz and Sharpe believe those skills cannot be developed if the teacher does not engage the students. The authors fear students who do not develop intellectual virtues during their education, will mostly likely neglect them later on in their professional careers.
To offset this Swartz and Sharpe suggest instructors take the initiative to integrate the development of intellectual virtues in their class. Borrowing an idea by Aristotle, “that character and wisdom are developed through practice and by watching those who have already mastered the relevant virtues”. The authors believe this can be accomplished through social interaction that is both rooted in the expansion of knowledge and the development of intellectual virtues. One example