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Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born on June 28 1712 in Geneva Switzerland His mother died shortly after his birth Chew When Rousseau was ten his father fled from Geneva to avoid imprisonment for a minor offense leaving young Jean-Jacques to be raised by an aunt and uncle Rousseau left Geneva at 16 wandering from place to place finally moving to Paris in 1742 He earned his living during this period doing jobs like being a footman to assistant to an ambassador Chew Rousseau died on July 2 1778 in Ermenonville France 18th century Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau taught parents to think differently about their children and their education he theorized that men were created equal and called it the state of nature and argued that the advancement of science and art had not been beneficial to mankind Jean-Jacques Rousseau taught parents to think differently about their children and their education Rousseau believed that children should not learn by modern ways of teaching but rather from their parents with their father being most important Since the beginning of time there has been a continual outcry against the established practice without anyone suggesting how to propose a better one Rousseau 9 Observing nature and learning from it was also one of Rousseaus focal points saying Life is not just breathing It is action the functioning of organs senses faculties every part of us that gives the consciousness of existence Rousseau 17 Rousseau suggested that there are two options when educating a child both of which are important to the childs future We must chose between making a man and making a citizen We cannot make both Rousseau 9 In the opening section of Emile Rousseau suggested a natural education the aim of which is to make the human as he is He does not however rule out social education which would hinder the individuals development Even though Rousseau seemed to lean toward a national education eleven years after
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