The Philosophy Of Education And Virtue

2566 WordsOct 29, 201411 Pages
When we look at our society today we see that there seems to be something missing. The politics, how we view politics and its role seems to have gone astray. We can no longer blame the Government for the problems entirely anymore; we must also blame our society and culture. This is because in order to have a good, just, and moral Government, especially in a republic, we must also have a good, just, and moral society. If we look at how many different philosophers viewed education and virtue and how that relates to government we can see that today we have not only gotten rid of virtue but we have also stripped society of an education that encourages virtue. Without an education that emphasizes virtue, we cannot and will not have a good and…show more content…
Consequently the common good of the state cannot flourish, unless the citizens be virtuous”-Aquinas. We need our education to be one of teaching virtue and encouraging it. We need our education to be that of not just free thinkers, but moral and just free thinkers. We need the education of our society to be from the virtuous family unit but also encouraged by the public education system. In Plato’s Republic we see that education is at the core of the city. This is because Socrates believes that it is education that ultimately sets up a society and the government of that society to be just and moral. “The object of education is to turn the eye which the soul already possesses to the light. The whole function of education is not to put knowledge into the soul, but to bring out the best things that are latent in the soul, and to do so by directing it to the right objects. The problem of education, then, is to give it the right surrounding.” -(Plato’s Republic, Book vii, 518). He also believes that a virtuous education must be started at a young age in order to mold the city from the very beginning. The education of a child is to be tailored to that specific child. If the child is to be of the bronze class than his education will be more a trade school type. However, if the child excels in his or hers education and shows an aptitude for higher learning
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