Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

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If asked, many may describe education as the imparting of knowledge onto the less knowledgeable. However, in his “Allegory of the Cave”, Greek philosopher Plato proposes that rather than education being “putting knowledge into souls that lack it”(5), it is the beginning of a journey in which the newly educated begin to break free of their ignorance and turn towards the discovery of new knowledge; Plato believed education was the beginning of the quest for new ideas, rather than the end of a process in which we learn the bare minimum. Plato’s view on education is one I personally find myself in agreeance with; I hold to the belief that education is an ongoing, cooperative process and not a one sided spewing of facts. Education should…show more content…
I myself have been guilty of this. During high school, I knew I wanted to study theatre, so all other classes fell into my peripheral. I didn’t care for biology, or math, or foreign language. I just wanted to hear what was going to be on the test so I could make the grade. I believe this attitude comes-- at least in part-- from the stress our education system puts on testing. We tell the students that they need to know certain things and be able to regurgitate those things onto the test to receive a score that deems them “acceptable”. We paint these tests and scores as the most important things in the students lives, and in the process snuff out that inborn desire to explore the world and call everything into question. Consider for example tests like the ACT, SAT, or AP exams. During my time in high school, these test scores were made out to be so important, they became a sort of ranking system-- the higher your scores, the more “value” you had. Though I’m ashamed to admit it, I recall times where my friends and I would snicker and mock those who scored lower than we considered acceptable. We focused so much on the test scores, all other aspects of their person sort of fell away. We didn’t stop to consider any other factors such as their health on the testing day, the amount of sleep they had the previous night, or anything else that could have affected their results. Or maybe

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