Renaissance Education DBQ

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During the Renaissance education was viewed in various ways. Initially, the purpose of teaching philosophy and classics was to develop an individual. Throughout the century the purpose of education evolved and religion became the new important concept of teaching. However, there were individuals who believed that education was a waste of time and skill.
At first individuals believed classics and philosophy should be taught in order to elevate mankind and increase mans interest and engagement. Individuals such as Erasmus believed that the classics should be taught because “the whole of attainable knowledge lies therein” and can only be attained through “literatures of ancient Greece and Rome.” (Doc 3) Along with the classics, Piccolomini believed
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Thoughts about education being useless started rising, by people such as John Brinsley, an english schoolmaster, who noticed that “fifteen or sixteen years of age have little sense of the meaning and true use of learning” and had only wasted their “friends’ money and their own precious time.” (Doc 6) Individuals like Brinsley believed that these young females and males were wasting their time learning only to, “return home again, almost as crude as when they went.” (Doc 6) Not everyone saw education as being useless, some believed that education was a grand achievement because they were “useful in civilized society.” (Doc 7) But, “having too many of them is always a bad thing”, states the letter to Parlement of Dijon, and that is because now there are less workers in the field such as farming, in the army, in the market. This group of people believed that “the study of literature is appropriate only to a small minority of men” because “study weakens the body and inspires contempt for all other occupations.” (Doc 7) Events such as the Black Death, made the people fear the decrease of workers or knowledge if it occurred again. During the Black Death many of the individuals with the knowledge of these fields died, therefore, they believed that more citizens should be taught “real work” in order to decrease the chances of all workers never rising again.
Education was an important concept during the Renaissance. Originally, education was seen as a need in an individual's life in order to increase one's knowledge by the teachings of philosophy and classics. Slowly the purpose of education changed, and the new purpose of education was for children to learn religion in order to avoid negative outcomes. Yet, by the end of the seventeenth century, education was seen as burden for “real