Essay about Analysis Of Plato 's Republic And Education

1057 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
A question that I have been considering lately, especially in light of reading Plato’s Republic, is whether or not education should be compulsory in a modern society and, more generally, if it is ultimately the responsibility of the government or the citizens to provide and regulate it. As is presumably the case with all LASA students, I have invested a comparatively high amount of time and effort into my education, and so I will naturally be biased toward emphasizing its benefits, though I will make an attempt to balance my discussion of both sides of the issue. I will draw many of my anecdotes from mathematics in particular as I am particularly opinionated on education in that field, but they should be applicable to other subjects as well.
One of the overarching ideas presented in The Republic is that justice is fundamentally based on one 's ability to conform to and best fulfill their role in society, and though I will not debate its validity as it does not fall under the scope of my chosen topic, Plato’s hypothetical society that he constructs as a part of his argument has a few interesting consequences. The character of Socrates argues that education is necessary for at least the elite guardian class by suggesting, “A dog knows the difference between friend and foe by using knowledge, and is not philosophy the love of knowledge? So we must give our Guardians a philosophical spirit. Quite so, and that means we must educate them” (Plato 2). He contends that the purpose of…

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