Jean Jacques Rousseau 's Theory Of Education Essay

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau is known mostly in education as a theorist who believes in nature. In various educational texts he is referred to as the originator of child-centered, natural means of education. His ideas have been both accepted and challenged by many. Some are for and others are against his ideas. Yet and still his theories are still considered apart of the foundation of child-centered modern progressive theories in education. After reading some of his work the following question was proposed. “Do people become who they are because of their innate nature or because of the way they are raised?
Rousseau’s ultimate belief was that people are born basically good, but can be corrupted by society. He tied this to the education of children. According to him children would learn life lessons through both the positive and negative reinforcements of their actions. He felt that children would learn in accordance with what came naturally to them. Rousseau wanted children to be shielded from societal influences and pressures so that they could grow without the corruption of others and society. “Correct education disposes the child to take the path that will lead him to truth when he has reached the age to understand it, and to goodness when he has acquired the faculty of recognizing and loving it. ”
Rousseau’s philosophy included seven theories. The theories were a theory of value, theory of knowledge, theory of human nature, theory of opportunity, theory of consensus, theory of
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