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The question we all asked in school, or at least wanted to, was, "who came up with the idea of an education?" Admit it. There was probably a point in every class where you wondered who had the idea of making us wake up early, go to class and suffer through some lecture just so you could go home and spend a lot of time doing research on some topic. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize that we are lucky to live in a nation where everyone can receive an education regardless of a person's color or beliefs. We are where we are today thanks to the evolution of education.

Philosophers have had a huge impact on education. Education developed out of the human struggle for survival and intellectual enlightenment. Throughout our evolution, the form in which we have received our education has greatly changed. We have gone from receiving our education from under a grove of trees to inside a classroom. Philosophers have had a major influence in what our formal education should be. The way one receives an education today is more advanced due in major part to the ideas of great thinkers such as John Locke, Socrates, Plato and many others.

Before people even knew about reading or writing, people knew that they had to deal with many challenging obstacles. Ancient civilizations had to worry about their survival against nature, animals and even other humans. In order for a particular group to continue in the future, they needed to find a way to convey information to future generations. Through informal education, ancient civilizations taught children the skills they would need to survive. They communicated through their language. Eventually, by using their language, people learned to create symbols which inevitably led to the creation of a written language. Human beings made a written language which made an enormous cultural leap to literacy.

Historians have been able to link Greece to the beginning of Western formal education. The Greek philosopher Socrates had a...