Teaching children for a better society

Not everyone lives forever. One day everyone will die and our youth will take over our place. It is important to teach children the rights and wrongs about society so that once they have gotten older and wiser, they are able to create their own society, a better one. Education is the basis for what children will learn. They are taught different subjects such as math, science, art, literature, language, etc. to learn more about the world. Each subject always start with children's curiosity about it. That spark will cause them to learn more about it and take what they have learned to the real world. Throughout history, there are many ideas on how to teach children so that they can be prepared for when they take over. Authors such as Rousseau, Marx and Wollstonecraft have different ideas on how to teach children for a better society.

Plato believed in teaching children in education at a very young age. He created a system where children are taught arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and dialectic in the course throughout their lives.
Once these children have reached 20 years old, "[they] will be promoted to higher honour" and learn the connection between the subjects that they have learned in their youth (Plato, The Republic).
Once they have reached 30 years old, another selection will be made by seeing their progress in dialectic and see who will have a great potential of understanding in their future.
Marx believed that education was only for the upper class. When children were not given an education, they are not able to learn but end up in the labor force (Marx, Communist Manifesto).
Marx then concluded that "free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form" should be put for a better society (Marx, Communist Manifesto).
"So the most perfect education, in my opinion, is the use of the understanding in the way that is most likely to strengthen the body and form the heart—i.e. to enable the individual to attain such habits of virtue as will render him or her independent" (Wollstonecraft 14).
"Children, I agree, should be innocent; but when ‘innocent’ is applied to men or women it is merely a polite word for ‘weak’" (Wollstonecraft 13).
Nelson Mandela was very lucky to be educated from primary school up to college. Throughout these authors born at different time periods, any form of education can help anyone to better a society. Nelson Mandela became one of the most respected man for changing South Africa's apartheid society to equality in his country.
Letting children have an education throughout their lifetime will help them understand the history of societies and understanding of the world around them. Learning about the past, present and future will help mold for a better society for the next generation to come.
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