Social Pedagogy - Historic Development - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A major impetus for the current understanding of pedagogy was the educational philosophy of the Swiss social thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778). Concerned with the decay of society, he developed his theories based on his belief that human beings were inherently good as they were closest to nature when born, but society and its institutions corrupted them and denaturalized them. Consequently, bringing up children in harmony with nature and its laws so as to preserve the good was central for Rousseau’s pedagogic theory. Rousseau innovatively “argued that the momentum for learning was provided by the growth of the person (nature) – and that what the educator needed to do was to facilitate opportunities for learning,” as Doyle and Smith note.

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Famous quotes by jean-jacques rousseau:

    Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)

    There are two things to be considered with regard to any scheme. In the first place, ‘Is it good in itself?’ In the second, ‘Can it be easily put into practise?’
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    To impose celibacy on such a large body as the clergy of the Catholic Church is not to forbid it to have wives but to order it to be content with the wives of others.
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)

    Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals.
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    Men, in general, are not this or that, they are what they are made to be.
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