During the Renaissance time period, each man and woman needed to strive to meet the “ideal” image that was expected by society. If this image was not met, the person would be judged by society. Both males and females had different goals that they needed to meet in education, as well as in their lives. While there was an “ideal” image, some people disagreed with them. There was always a distinct role for both women and men, but within those roles, there could be controversy. The most controversy could occur over the education that the males and females were getting, there were clear roles and ideals for men and women in the beginning of the Renaissance time period, but as time went on, people became more skeptical of the education system.
In Renaissance time, both men and women had different social expectations, both expected to be educated, but they were to be educated in different ways. Men were expected to go through school and be well educated. They needed to know how to think and to write properly so that they could recognize the educated people around them. This education would help them to be well-rounded in life, as well as find a good woman. Castiglione believed all people needed to strive for this in order to be successful. (3) While the men were pressured to study hard and become independent thinkers, women were not encouraged in the same way. Women should be taught, but they should be taught different things and they should be taught in a different manner. Their teaching should focus primarily on the classics. Women were not taught so that they could think, but it was said books have one purpose for women, “…let the books teach her good manners…” (5) Women needed to focus on the classics and not over-analyze them because that was not their role in society. They should have a basic knowledge so they can make the men look good, but they should not be thinking and creating new ideas. (5) Ideally, they would learn basics, and then do...
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