"Emile" by Jean-Jacques Rousseau Book Review by RightRiters

"Emile" by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
A book review. The article looks at the contemporary significance of Rousseau's ideas about education and social responsibility. It views some of the current practices in the light of those ideas.
# 23740 | 1,700 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US

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The paper examines Rousseau's educational philosophy in "Emile" against the background of its period and from a contemporary perspective. The author believes that it may seem to us that his ideas are wildly held nowadays, but in fact the modern education system does not practice or implement these notions.

From the Paper:

"Rousseau stressed that a child's way of dealing and looking at the world is indeed a child's way and not that of a little adult. (90) According to the philosopher, rushing a child would produce immature fruits. When it comes to moral development, "one cannot advance too slowly nor consolidate oneself too well at each step." (99) While there is much debate over this subject and it may not be our intention, the reality is that we don't allow children to be children in society today. Through the media they are exposed to the adult world. In fact, considering that Rousseau thought it was best to take a child out of 18th century society altogether for his education, imagine then how corruptive he would have considered our own pervasive culture with its continual negative and avaricious influences. "Each age, each condition of life, has its suitable perfection, a sort of maturity proper to it." (158)"

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