The Philosophy Of Education In Monttaigne's On Education For Children By Montaigne

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The Philosophy of Education
“On Education for Children” by Erasmus and “The Education of Children” by Montaigne both authors explore the function education plays in society and present their view on the features which constitute a suitable education. In terms of the role education plays, Erasmus presents education as a way for humans to organise themselves in a way that separates their society from that of the beasts. While animals possess highly developed instincts in order to survive, as a way of compensating Humans possess a more complex mind equipped for knowledge. In addition, due to human 's innate faculty of reason, Erasmus believes nature has cast “the burden of human growth upon education”(Erasmus, 68) and that education is ultimately
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While I agree with Erasmus’ point of view that education is a means to develop human growth, I do not believe an individual 's lack of education would necessarily result in the production of an “unproductive brute”. I believe personal experiences through actions is a great way to learn and can substitute the process of teaching in certain circumstances. For example, a child with no previous job experience in a field, could potentially learn to be productive in that field through his experiences. Therefore I believe that although education is important, it may not be as necessary as Erasmus …show more content…
From personal experience, while living in Pakistan, I was able to subconsciously pick up and learn two languages simultaneously at a young age. However, as I grew older, It became harder for me to continue learning languages and I seemed to gravitate to one language. As I grew older, I felt as if my knowledge in two other languages actually made it harder for me to learn another language as I would have more knowledge to confuse myself during my language classes.
While Erasmus focuses on education from external sources, Montaigne reflects and criticizes on education passed on by parents to their children. Montaigne is against the idea of a child being brought up solely by his mother as they are unable to point out flaws a children 's action or belief. As a result, the child would not receive negative criticism and thus not seek improvements in situations where it is necessary. In addition, Montaigne believes “To know by rote, is no knowledge, and signifies no more but only to retain what one has entrusted to our memory” (Montaigne,

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