Another Brick in the Wall
Raphael’s The School of Athens effectively grasps the concept of education and the acquisition ok knowledge. Looking at this famous work of sixteenth century art, Plato and Aristotle discuss their differing philosophical viewpoints and learning from each other in a communal setting with many other prominent figures, such as Pythagoras, instructing the common people. Although painted far after the time period it depicts around 300 BC, the general setting of a gathering place in which the teacher and pupil interact is accurate, in the same degree it was in the sixteenth century when Raphael erected the piece, as it was in the young children growing up around the Cave of Altamira, as it is today as we learn from Mrs. Osborn the greatest teacher ever. The roots of early perceptions of the world are largely formed in the confines of a schoolroom; nearly every foot that has passed over the earth has learned, and been the pupil to a teacher- everyone has the ability to learn, and therefore, the right. Hours upon hours children sit patiently, or sometimes not so patiently, and receive information and knowledge in the teacher’s hopes that application will breed wisdom in due time. For centuries there has been a system in place for the acquisition of knowledge- whether on a bigger, societal scale or in the simplest of communities. As depicted by Raphael, Aristotle and Plato learned from each other, discussing various philosophies, but not always agreeing with each other. Education is spreading the acquisition of knowledge to the masses so we may progress and keep laying the bricks of invention and progress, this rejecting a stagnant state of being. We must evolve intellectually through teachings of different variety- of which the most common is teacher and pupil. Education occurs, but is useless without man’s innate curiosity towards understanding the world and environment. Education breeds progress- without which, the flow of time and history...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document