n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Principles of early education in Plato's Laws
|Article Title||Principles of early education in Plato's Laws|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||65 - 80|
The precepts and principles of early education which Plato lays down in the Laws are not confined to a hypothetical ideal state. Collectively, so I argue, they constitute a template to which every positive system of education, ancient or modern, must conform, or at least aspire. This article examines these key principles. Special attention is given to Plato's definition of true education, his warning about the dangers of innovation and change in established cultural forms, the need for the legislator to provide the necessary legal framework for a proper system of education, Plato's use of Egypt as the model of a state in which true education can flourish, and the lessons for our own age in Plato's system of early education.
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