oa The Journal of Independent Teaching and Learning - Three Sophists - what education must not be!

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1818-9687



The aim of this essay is to approach the question of the task of tertiary education from a new angle. It seeks to examine some of the issues of the malaise among contemporary students , i.e.by examining three thinkers from antiquity (Sophists) it is argued we have a window on what tertiary education should not be doing in our own time to address this malaise. This is because not only was the Greece of their time beset with similar problems, but also because the Sophists,who had a view on education that was primarily pragmatic and reductionist, fuelled this sense of being in an ethical limbo. Their view on education, it is argued, does not help the malaise among our youth, but only entrenches rampant professional greed, a sense of historical disconnectedness and a lack of overall vision. This in turn cripples the imagination, which should be the locus in which life's meaning is situated and in whicha student is invigorated to take on the challenges of the 21st century.

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