Plato's Education.

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If I were writing from the view of Plato, my views on education would be very succinct. Although what is truly needed is a new form of government in which Philosophers are made to govern, it is not only unfeasible, yet very dangerous for the person trying to form such a government. Therefore if I were to open a school, perhaps the change of government would happen gradually, as young statesmen are educated in a way needed for politics. Education would need to be based on morals, virtue, and mathematics. A man's ascent towards true enlightenment shall be based along the lines laid out in the Myth of the Cave. Furthermore, the method of education shall be not in a classroom with only an instructor dispensing knowledge unto an ignorant crowd of listeners, but shall be taught following the method of Socrates.

For Socrates, true education could not be taught.

Education is a process in which information is drawn from a person's inner self through the use of question and answering. The pupil will be forced to defend every stance he takes while facing an "ignorant" instructor seeking answers for innocent questions that eventually leads to the pupil realizing his own ignorance on the subject, yet understanding a new sort of knowledge. Through this thorough questioning, knowledge shall be "realized" by the student. This is based on the idea that there are certain truths in the world in which everyone can agree, and through critical questioning, the person being questioned shall realize such knowledge (truths). Socrates form of questioning usually led to the comprehension of many virtues, which not only led to the realization of knowledge in the pupil, but also fulfills my goal of education to teach the virtues and morals needed in society. It is for this...