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This paper begins by summarizing the thoughts put forth on education by John Milton in his essay "Of Education" and then takes a look at how this 17th century essay might apply to the problems we have today with education. The paper concludes that, while some aspects of Milton's proposal for improving education might need to be modified to comply with today's society, the underlying basic philosophy behind Milton's concept of good schooling is a good one and worth emulating even today.
From the Paper:"As of late, the educational system in the United States has come under ever increasing criticism from many concerned educators, parents and politicians. When one looks to comparative statistics across nations, it quickly becomes apparent that the United States is slipping in teaching its youth relative to other industrialized countries of the world. Test scores seem to confirm this fact, with many students unable to grasp the basics in all areas of learning. Further, many feel that the educational advancement of students is not being obtained due to the curriculum and methods of teaching being ineffectual, unnecessary, or undermining in the attainment of true learning. While we may laugh when we see high school and college students unable to answer even the simplest questions of government, geography, science, or history when posed by the likes of Jay Leno and David Letterman, the truth is that this is of no laughing matter."
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