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12/10/17

A
Critique on Plato’s Education on the Youth

 

Being
Plato’s most important piece of work, The Republic has long been studied by
many individuals in the modern era. Plato was and can still be considered one
of the most important Greek Philosophers when it came to educational thinking. The
Greek society back in the late 400 B.C.E and early 300 B.C.E were more
political and religiously corrupt. Thus why Plato came about to try and correct
the wrong doings that are being committed in society in the current era through
his knowledge. According to Plato, his views on education was meant to do good
for the individual and the safety and future of their society and societies to
come. His educational thought was only able to work on educators from during
his era, but for today’s educators, they can only interpret it because it seems
like the United States has had a hard time being able to establish some form of
stability when it comes to valuing education and most importantly education for
the young. As we begin to analyze Plato’s opinion on how to educate the young, there
is a type of educational system that he brings up one where the youth has to be
taught in a particular way. They’ll enter school at age six where they will
first learn reading, writing and counting and then begin engaging with the arts
and sports. For Plato, the arts consist of two categories, music and poetry. Some
of the problems that today’s society encounter are a lack of role models and corrupt
political system. Education can help cultivate an individual to become virtuous
and moral.

One
of the issues that are most concerning to Plato are the lack of role models. To
him, education begins from the educator who is to be considered of great
importance to the cultivation of their children. To Plato, an educator is the
constant guide of the students, they must be an individual with integrity, have
high self-worth, a pleasing personality, in depth knowledge, and professional
training. These educators must possess the true meaning of a moral life. In the
21st century, Educators are not just individuals who teach children
how to read and write, but also their parents. The reason why we are failing to
cultivate our children into becoming virtuous individuals is because of the
lack of role models in the household. Children are being raised by adults who have
no clue as to how to raise them; there issues are lack of nurture, and
maturity. Children face a hardship dealing with irresponsibility in their
homes, but what the community has been engaging on lately is how fellow school
educators have helped their students not only with schooling, but also giving
their students a form of perspective in life. Most of these children have
gained trust in these adults and have earn credibility. Theses teachers have
found something similar to Plato’s Platonic System of education and that is
making a bond between teacher and student. Learning from one another will only
take place when love for one another is reciprocal. The community is concerned
of the lack of awareness of our democracy in funding’s for public schools extracurricular,
like Funding’s for the arts, after school programs and sport, and most
importantly our educators or masters as Plato likes to call them.

We
may all know that politics can be a confusing topic to tackle regarding money,
but because of politics, education in the 21st century has become
scarce. The young people, the millennials, have a task at hand for their future
ahead of them. Plato set up his theory of what education meant to him for the
individual and also to politics in order to teach future candidates who will
govern. Without having these types of individuals, education will not better
itself; as much as educators can do, without having the resources needed,
meaning capital, Plato’s philosophy cannot be pushed and therefore the country will
lack education or in Plato’s terminology, virtues, morals, and character. In
Chicago itself, public schools are suffering, the mayor himself, is spending
the TIF money that would normally be used to fund public school sports, art
programs, like music, poetry or drama as we call it now. In order to have a
virtuous community, we have to choose our political leaders right. Individuals that
are intelligent and knowledgeable of their community are the ones that need to
occupy these important positions. A perfect example would be our current
president. According to Plato, politician needs to be educated in areas relevant
to the position making important decisions for society. Our political system,
where individuals run for presidency, these leaders must be dedicated to the
pursuit of truth, wisdom and justice in order to pull us away from the immoral
depths that we have come to. More than often, people that we have elected for
important positions to office have no relevant knowledge as to what they truly
are promising. These individuals are ignorant of what is at stake, dealing with
economics, environmental science, history, religion, power, and weapons.

All
of Plato’s philosophy may be true, but in the 21st century, we are
able to interpret his knowledge in a different aspect, he says the best way to
educate a mind, is through studies, studies will help cultivate these
individuals. I may not totally agree with that because being a millennial, I can
vouch for being someone who comes from a community high school, sports were
scarce in our community. If we had a sports team, money had to be fundraised for
uniforms, fundraised for school bus rentals, and the referee fee had to come
from the students as well. When it came to our studies, the school only had a
limited amount of textbooks to distribute, the students that weren’t able to
attain a textbook had to find someone that can lend it to them when need be. Plato’s
Philosophy of education in this era isn’t really meant to be followed exactly
how he wanted it to be, but instead interpreted differently.

The
sole purpose of the theory of education is aimed to attain the highest good to
happiness. Education is used to help develop a moral character, a cultivated
mind and soul that is harmonious with life. We must all agree that educating the
young by teaching them arts and gymnastics is important, but in the 21st
century we can all attest that these children have the freedom to choose what
they like best, yes it would be great to consider teaching them what is right,
but what if they are not pleased by what they are being taught? What if a child
doesn’t like sports, but loves cooking? As an educator or parent, we must not
force the young to become something they are not, but support their decisions
and to ensure that the path that they have chosen leads to a healthy career,
but most importantly, happiness.