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TET Notes - Educational Thoughts of Plato


Educational Thoughts of Plato


v Educator should take advantage of this in the child and educate him.


v He should pay attention to the objects which surround the child.


v The process of education advances through this constant interaction between these objects and mind.


v A beautiful environment provides the right stimulus by which the mind develops.


v For this reason the child should be kept in a beautiful environment.


v The human being requires such environment not only in his childhood but also throughout his entire life.


v Because according to Plato the process of education is never complete.


v Plato laid the greatest stress on mental development in education.


v Education aims not merely at providing information but at training the individual in his duties and rights as a citizen.




                                                                                                              i.            Bodily Development

                                                                                                            ii.            Educational Impressions

                                                                                                         iii.            Training in Music


                                                 Role of Teacher

v The educator is considered to have the greatest importance.


v He is like the torch – bearer who leads a man lying in dark cave.


v His task is to bring the educed out of darkness of the cave into the light of the day.


v The methods of teaching Plato believe imitation to be of the greatest importance he shows that the child learns a great deal through limitation.


                                                     Education According to Social Status

v In any society the productive class is invariably the largest in size.


v In Plato’s scheme of education this class is granted only primary education which implies that productive class actually requires no more than primary education.


v Plato’s educational plan pays no attention to the individual differences.


v He suggested the some kind of education to be given to the entire class of people according to a uniform curriculum.


v Plato’s insistence on philosophy could only lead to an increase in number of contemplative individuals at the expense of more practical members.


v Plato’s curriculum neglected training in literature by stressing the importance of training in mathematics.



v In spite of the above defects many of the finest teachers still consider Plato as their only true guide.








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