Plato: Molding the Minds of Youth

Alright, so, I was persuaded—one could say peer pressured—by Victoria, a great writer at Raynotbradbury, to post three quotes by a famous philosopher or author. I decided to go back a few years, and choose three quotes from the intelligent mind of Plato (at least, I hear he’s intelligent; I never met the guy, or seen his stone face). I tried to choose quotes related to education, as I haven’t written on the topic for a while now. I could go on-and-on writing my opinion for these quotes, but time is short, and to be honest—I want to nap. Ah, I can’t wait! Anyway, here are the three quotes I’ve chosen, and a small blurb for each.

  1. “A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”
  1. “People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”
  1. “Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds.”

Data, data, data. The word known to haunt teachers in their sleep. Data is education; and education is data. At the moment, data is the driving force in education. Don’t believe this? Ask any teacher how they’re assessed, and they will tell you test scores. *Writer takes deep breathe to calm his impulse to rant* Data is an effective way to guide educators—but it shouldn’t be the only way, and it shouldn’t consist of just numbers. Educators should pair data with knowledge: knowledge gained from colleagues; knowledge gained from students; knowledge gained from observation and research. Match that knowledge with data, and now we’re making good decisions for our students.

This quote, to me, is simple: our words can build or demolish. The dialogue we use as educators—or any profession, for that matter—can make a tremendous impact in a students life. One. Word. One word may be all it takes to change the life of a student. So, be cautious of the words you use in, and out, of your classroom. Never put a child down. Never embarrass them in front of their peers. And never, not even if the kid they’re kicking you in the shin and calling you Ms. Fat-Fanny, should you attack them with your words. Just think, your brain is far more developed (I hope, anyway) than theirs. Be brave, and use words to enhance growth in all students.

I’ll keep it short for this last quote, as it relates to the one just mentioned. As teachers, we have an opportunity many may never have. We have a chance to guide students into something they love to do. To show them the many options this world has to offer. But, at times, we focus so much on grades and data (there’s that word again), we forget what we’re there to do: guide and direct our students to be the best version of themselves. If a child doesn’t want to do math, don’t yell at them and force them to do it. Find out more about them. Understand why that student may not like math; and use your new knowledge of the student to amuse their mind.

 

The rules are simple, as always:

  • Choose the author or philosopher (it should be one from the Ancient Time). Don’t know anyone? Google it lol It shouldn’t be so hard.
  • Choose 3 quotes of this author/philosopher. The country of origin – doesn’t matter (Egypt, Greece…Italy). Add any info or explanation if you like.
  • Share those quotes and nominate 3 to 6 people.
  • Ops, that’s not obligatory.
  • The title for the post? Choose something cool. I know you are smart enough.
  • Nominated are here:
  1.  The Stories In Between
  2. Ortensia Truly Madly Ordinary. Stories From the Heart.
  3. Cheryl The Bag Lady

24 thoughts on “Plato: Molding the Minds of Youth

    1. Thanks so much, Ray! And thanks for the nomination. I hope I did well.
      Haha I just always wonder what they were like before their face turned to stone. Were they amazing people or did they just say a few good things lol? Who knows.

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      1. Now that, no one can argue! I also think it’s funny how far we’ve come with technology lol. They had to sit while someone sculpted their face. . .I wonder if his got any likes haha.

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  1. Very interesting and true post you have written. How true about assessment
    of a student. It should be based on more than data so that interests are nourished
    and woken.
    I know many who much later in life will remember one or a couple of teachers
    who made a difference in their lives. I do still remember some.
    miriam

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    1. Yes, so true! I don’t believe we’re doing kids a favor putting so much importance on grades. They see a poor grade and see failure, but in reality, that grade means nothing for their future.
      If I may ask, do you remember them for their words most? Actions? Or both?

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    1. Thank you so much, Lana.
      Haha yes! A nap would be lovely. Ugh, but I can’t put down this book I’m reading, and I have a poem next to me and I don’t know if I should hit publish lol.

      What do you teach?

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  2. That’s amazing! And I know how you feel: I usually tutor and do curriculum work in the summer. But this summer I want to push myself and attempt a novel. Good or bad I just want to know I can complete one. I’m excited.

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