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Why is education important in Confucianism? 

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tammels3x | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted May 10, 2012 at 2:09 AM via web

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Why is education important in Confucianism? 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 7, 2012 at 7:17 AM (Answer #1)

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Education is vitally important in Confucianism as it sees the way in which human beings improve is through education, learning, and understanding.  Confucianism is distinct in how it does not ascribe any permanent and lasting characteristics to human nature.  Consider Confucius' words to this point:

 By nature men are similar; by practice men are wide apart.

This means that human beings are born in a similar tract and it is through education and experiences that can enlighten through which they are able to better understand the world and their place in it.  For Confucianism, the embrace of the Five Virtues is only through education and understanding.  "By study and practice" is how human beings evolve in Confucian thought.  The ability to govern oneself is something that is rooted in education and understanding, and through this, the political implications of Confucian thought is equally evident.  Learning and education is both formal and informal, done through interaction with others and with instructors, as well as with oneself.  In all of these domains, education is of vital importance to the attainment of Confucian goals and aspirations.


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