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William Blake was so ahead of his time in some ways, such as education, so it is a shame that his writings were not more appreciated while he was alive. He believed, as many of us do today, that a child should learn at his own pace from the natural environment around him and be led and encouraged to new knowledge, not grilled and examined. He may have absorbed these ideas from Rousseau who had many criticisms of society and ideas on how to improve it. In 'The Schoolboy' Nature itself is seen as the best teacher, and the natural environment the best classroom. Blake thought that a repressive teaching environment suffocated children's curiosity. The poem is an ovious inclusion for a collection on Songs of Innocence.
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