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Lack of Civilian Educational Thought in Confucianism
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Pages: 84-90
Year: Issue:  1
Journal: Yangtze River Academic

Keyword:  ConfuciusCiviliansEducational ThoughtEducational Practice;
Abstract: Confucius mainly educated the upper class in his whole life, and his civilian educational thought and practice were relatively complicated. In his opinion, the moral education of civilians should be conducted mainly through educating the upper class to raise their moral level, which then can exercise influence on civilians’ moral cultivation.This idea is still somewhat reasonable. However, as far as learning is concerned, he argued that civilians were so foolish and ignorant that it was impossible to educate them, let alone improving their literacy level. So is his educational practice.Of the students he taught, there was no single civilian, and his students off class were largely from upper class. We should therefore reconsider the previous opinion held by academic circles that Confucius has his own civil educational thought. I would like to argue that Confucius is least concerned with civilian education.
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