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In an excerpt from The Republic of Plato Plato describes education asan agonizing experience An example of this is when he say if hecompelled the prisoner to look at the light itself would his eyeshurt and would he flee turning away to those things 515e Thisquote describes a man who was forced look up toward the light inpain and see more clearly at the figures above who forces anotherprisoner to do the same Platos allusion to the burning light explainshow education can be painful A closer look at the quote shows that thepain is worth the knowledge of a more unblemished reality This idea isevident when Plato says dont you suppose the prisoner wouldconsider himself happy for the change and pity the others 516cPlato attempts to show that the prisoner is better off knowing thetruth Although Plato describes education as excruciating in the modern ageknowledge is enlightening I do agree with Platos next idea that it isbetter to know then be ignorant of the truth I consider happiness basedon ignorance to be false From my experiences the light doesnt burn myeyes but rather gives me more to see When I learned about germ theoryI was happier to know why to wash your hands It wasnt difficult tounderstand the basics of how bacteria and viruses transmit and causesickness A school is a safe environment where education is treated akey to ones future Education is not limited to facts it goes beyondto help a person understand themselves better through reflection andthought The only way I can see Platos position functioning That isonly if a person has a dogmatic predisposition to another idea It is hard to consider Platos position to be a realistic in the modernage Since most of education is based on logical principles like thescientific method If education was painful then the world be lessdeveloped People would be less inclined to educate themselves Thegovernment would be structured more like a monarchy since the publicwouldnt be
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