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The Dynamics of the Education of Children The purpose of Montaignes Education of Children is to lay down the philosophical groundwork for a new and innovative way of teaching children The purpose of this new system is to foster the childs intellectual growth as opposed to filling the childs head with facts that he regurgitates but does not understand In Montaignes words the education should put a child through its paces making it taste things choose them and discern them by itself 110 As well as encouraging intellectual growth Montaigne also intends to promote wisdom character and physical development as a way of education the entire person Montaignes assertion is that the purpose behind education should not be for the sole aim of the increase in knowledge but to have become better and wiser by it 112 The overall effect of the education should be to produce an individual that is both wise and happy according to Montaigne the two are irreconcilably bound as the surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness 119 The methods used to achieve Montaignes ideal education are a mixture of the ability and talent of the tutor the individual attention paid to a student and the well-rounded nature of the curriculum Montaigne asserts that a pupil is only as good as the skill of his tutor The ideal tutor in Montaignes eyes would be one that is more wise than learned having a well made rather than a well filled head 110 The tutor should not have the student repeat what is told to him as the goal of the education is not to memorize but rather to learn The tutor should be a guide in order to offer the ideas of great authors to the student and then let him know how to make them his own 111 Furthermore the tutor is only responsible for one student at a time and without interference from parents Being alone
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