Education is what keeps a society thriving; it's what enables a society to thrive and create productive individuals who can keep the educational process on-going. The whole purpose of education is to enlighten us with truths, and create knowledgeable people. We must ask ourselves, what is the point of creating knowledgeable people? We answer this with a question in return; where would we be without knowledgeable people? In The Republic, Plato extensively analyzes these questions, and helps us come to the conclusion that without education, people would be as clueless as inanimate objects. We can come to the consensus that knowledgeable people are the ones who prosper in life, and overcome life's harsh obstacles. How do they do it? They are able to do it because they have the ability to think and evaluate. We also asked ourselves where does one receive this knowledge? In today's world, one would receive it through “education.” And where does one receive the education? At school. Plato had a vision that the attaining of knowledge should be one full of thought, opposing ideas, and intricate study. With that said, I believe that Plato would not think too fondly of the current American public school system!
“Unless a man is able to separate out the idea of the good from all other things and distinguish it in the argument, and, going through every test..you will deny that such a man knows the good itself, or any other good?” Plato is saying that unless a person is able to distinguish right from wrong, he or she will not know good itself. This ties in with the role of education because education should help us achieve that according to Plato's view. Education should assist us in distinguishing right from wrong, good from evil. American public schools aren't doing this, and I know this because I go to one. In American schools, it's all about memorizing facts, and more facts. Nowhere in between are we taught how to tell from