Phil Paper 2

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John Locke on Education As early as 1684, English Philosopher John Locke began to write a series of letters now entitled Some Thoughts Concerning Education. A friend asked Locke for advice on raising his son, who was a baby at the time. Locke responded with many different letters on a variety of topics and these letters were eventually reproduced, bound together, and spread to many different people. The organization of this philosophy subject thus, is a mere collection of thoughts and ideas on a subject. This differs from a lot of the great philosophers’ works and even from some of Locke’s own works, as they were more systematic in their approaches. In Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Locke openly states his opinions and feelings on how children learn, and how they should learn. He has strong opinions on the most efficient way to learn, and his feelings contrasted sharply with the seventeenth-century public educational system of Europe. Most of Some Thoughts Concerning Education is about the virtue of children. Locke is known for his firm position on the idea of self-denial and discipline of the mind and body. He championed rationality as a virtue over feelings, desires, and impulsivity. This rational thinking carried over virtues and into education. He believed that children should learn how to use reasoning skills to figure out something, as opposed to memorizing rules and ideas and having their aptitude evaluated in that way. As far as theory of mind, Locke believed in tabula rasa, which is translated “blank slate”. When children are born, their minds do not contain any innate ideas of their own, but rather are built upon with experience and the passing of worldly knowledge as life progresses. This is the basis for all of Locke’s theories and ideas. In this paper I’m going to study some of the main ideas of Locke’s Some Thoughts on Education

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