chapter  1
Was Plato Nearly Right about Education?
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Rousseau claimed that Plato's Republic was the best treatise on civic education ever written. Plato was concerned with the development of citizens rather than of individuals. Indeed for him the distinction was more or less meaningless. As is well known he postulated an ideal state divided into rulers, warriors and producers. Justice would emerge if each class did its own job and worked for the common good. His educational system concentrated on the development of a suitably prepared ruling class.