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Socrates and Education

Socrates was a Greek philosopher and had a great role in the foundation of Western philosophy. 

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Socrates said, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” With this, he made people took attention on that education should be on top of everything. He favoured for interest and understanding instead of memorizing  facts and information without thinking..

Socrates’ metaphor, “filling of a vessel,” simply describes our current education and administration. Today, most of the teachers don’t know how to teach students. They don’t allow students to ask any question which they don’t know and force the students to memorize it. Memorizing the answers without knowing what the question mean and the reason is not real education. If this education method keeps going, then then next generations would not have the proper knowledge and education. This method has no value to students, since they are not learning but memorizing. Memorizing a text and understanding the text is two different terms. Therefore, the “filling of a vessel” is not known as education.

The “kindling of a flame” describes the thought of Socrates that understanding is the main term in education and without it, you cannot call it an education.

 

 

 

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