John Locke's Theory On Education And Education Analysis

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John Locke, a notable English philosopher has extensively written topics on human understanding and political government. However, John Locke was most significantly known for his book; Some Thoughts Concerning Education, which presents his theory on education and child development. In his book, Locke emphasizes moral education which stresses the importance of educating children by instilling values in them. He believes that the goal of education is not to create a scholar, instead a virtuous man. Another view that he emphasizes in his book is that children should find learning enjoyable. Moreover, He points out that the role of a parent comes with certain limitations and he addresses in his book how to best exercise a parent’s authority. Although, Locke’s theory is for everyone’s best interest he garnered several controversial critics regarding his theory on education and child development.
Locke believes that children are not born with an innate sense of things and that they are born as blank slates. In an article by Sara Mendelson, she explores how John Locke developed his theory regarding child development through Mary Clarke who is the wife of his close friend Edward Clarke. In Mendelson’s article she points out that “As Locke moved from letters to printed text, the most striking change he imposed upon his
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232). Mary Clarke who is a mother of half a dozen offspring, played a vital role in Locke’s theory concerning children because of the insight she shared with Locke. Her role was not given enough credit because he dedicated his pedagogical treatise to his close friend Edward Clarke, giving him the full credit for inspiring the breakthrough of his book “Some Thoughts Concerning Education”. Locke emphasizes moral education as one of the important subject to child rearing however Mendelson argues that Mary Clarke’s child rearing abilities has something to do with his theory as well and Locke should have given her credit for

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