What was the ideal form of education according to the Romantics?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Perhaps the most influential education theorist for the Romantics was the French thinker Jean Jacques Rousseau, whose theories of education, especially as addressed in his book Emile, greatly influenced subsequent Romantic thinking and practice on the subject. He believed that each individual was unique and valuable in a natural state, and that civilization only served to instil false beliefs, pervert morality, and stifle creativity in the young and that an extremely permissive education emphasizing contact with nature would bring out the best in children. These ideas, especially the emphasis on nature as a source of goodness and knowledge, very much influenced the poet William Wordsworth.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial