The Education of Children Essay

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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was born on February 28, 1533, into a time when only the wealthy received the privilege of a good education. At around 1539, Michel was sent to the College of Guienne in Bordeaux, where he completed the curriculum under the direction of George Buchanan by the time he had reached his thirteenth year. Michel spoke well of his educators and praised their teaching techniques, but he chastised the stern discipline of most of the schools during his time, saying that if one were to visit a college where lessons were in progress, nothing could be heard, save “the cries of children being beaten and of masters drunk with anger.”1 In his essay, Of the Education of Children, Montaigne emphasizes some very important…show more content…
The hard work of a student should always be rewarded, as this will encourage the child to study harder. Teachers should learn to understand the children they are teaching. They should not punish students who take a little longer to grasp certain subjects for being slow learners. Instead, the educators should teach their subjects with passion, so as to inspire the students to study more readily and with enthusiasm. Education should be taught by enticing the interest and feelings, not by harsh words and a whip. Learning should be one of the greatest pleasure in the life of a child. Humans are born with a natural curiosity of the world around them, and want to learn the answers to all the “why's” and “how's” of the world. Our minds find delight an education that is well taught. The goal of education is to make the process of learning satisfying and enjoyable. The responsibility of an educator is making sure that the students understand what is being taught. A tutor should not always “bawl into a pupil's ears as if one were pouring water into a funnel”5, but make his pupil “taste things, select them, and distinguish them”6 by his own ability of perception. Montaigne suggested that teachers should quiz their students on their studies to be sure they are grasping the concept. Some students will grasp concepts quickly, and others will be a little slower. A good teacher knows how to teach each student according to their
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