A Reflection On Educational Ideas

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A Reflection on Educational ideas in the Enlightenment
The Enlightenment, an anti-feudal and anti-church ideological liberation movement, took place principally in Europe during the late 17th and early 18th century. The rise of concepts of reason, liberty and the scientific method are characteristics of the Enlightenment. (Live Science, 2016) The Enlightenment covered various fields of knowledge such as science, literature, philosophy, economics, sociology and education. A number of influential thinkers have emerged in the age of Enlightenment. In education, the Enlightenment thinkers John Locke in English and Jean Jacques Rousseau in French wrote foundational texts on educational theory. Both of them laid emphasis on education in children’s early age. Their educational theories affect education not only in their respective period, but also in the modern societies. However, there are some limitations of their educational theories.

The reason I am interested in the Enlightenment is because I have found the writings of Rousseau and Locke are interesting and far-reaching. Besides that, some of their theories strike a chord with me and remind me of the experience in my growth process.

Rousseau and Emile, or On Education
Week 3’s lecture introduced Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his novel Emile, or On Education. Emile is divided into these five books: the first three talk about how to educate the child Emile, the fourth is about an exploration of Emile’s youth, and the…
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