The Teachings Of Education In Plato's The Republic

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Socrates was a great philosopher who was put to death for his teachings. One of his students was Plato, and he decided to write a dialog in which he recorded some of the great ideas that Socrates had. “It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, is of a different opinion, it is only because they only know their own side of the question.” (Mills) One of these dialogs is call The Republic. This dialog begins with the great question, “What is justice?” It seems to be an easy question, but it is much more complex that it seems to be at first. In order to define what justice is Socrates describes what the perfect society would look like.…show more content…
Education begins before birth and never truly ends until death. For this reason Socrates says that education should be intentional instead of random. Everyone in a society must have a purpose that works to making the society better. Workers are at the bottom, then soldiers, and then guardians. The guardians have all of the characteristics of the workers and soldiers, but also some other ones that set them apart. A philosopher should be the king because he strives for virtue and will look out for the best things for the society and not be selfish. These are the basics for the society that was created. He also says that art is bad because it is not real, and it takes people’s minds away from what is real. I think that Plato was not right when he stated that art is bad, people should not have a wide range of interests, and how people in his society should be educated in The…show more content…
Having a wide range of interests would be bad in the ideal society because people would stray from the specific job that they were assigned to. "The desires of the worthless many are controlled by the desires and knowledge of the decent few" When they stray from this job they leave the society weaker because not everyone has a specific function. In today’s society however, people who do not have a wide range of interests are ignorant. Knowledge comes from experiences and when people are ignorant they do not know very much about the world. Plato put a lot of emphasis on education, but to have a good education people must have a wide range of interests so that they can have more experiences. This allows people to get farther out of the cave that they have spent most of their lives in. “The only source of knowledge is experience.” (Einstein) The only way to learn anything is through experiences. Experiences are gained over time, but the man who does not have as many interests will not have as many experiences. “No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.” (Roth) Just because people are trained to be a certain way in Plato’s society does not meant that they will turn out

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