Plato

And Conservative Christians
The views of Plato back in Ancient Greece and that of conservative

Christians today about education for children have surprisingly similar views.

Plato thought it to be most beneficial for children, if their learning consisted
of music and poetry to shape the soul, and of physical training to shape the
body. However, only stories that were fine and beautiful should be selected.

Stories that co ained falsehoods should be banned along with passages that teach
fear of death. The teaching should be done in moderation, only the good endings
should be taught and only good deeds of heroes should be told. Conservative

Christians today believe in many of the same ideas as Plato. Instead of music
and poetry to shape the soul, the Bible should be the primary learning tool.

Only shows that are non-secular and do not contain references to evolution
should be allowed for children to watch. Shows that portray death to children
should be monitored by parents. At the heart of these ideas, is the concern with
cartoons and the effect they have on young children. This way of thinking does
more harm to children then it does to protect them. By shielding them from what
actually goes on in this world, i.e. death, sex and non religious views, you are
setting them up for a harder time of understanding these concept when they are
faced with them in real life. Cartoons can be a wonderful way of exposing
children to the evils of this world in a less harmful way. Children are able to
relate to cartoons in a special way that we as adults are unable to do. Because
of the young age of the children in question, eir innocence is not lost and
cartoons have a magical way of relating issues on a program to those that are
prevalent in real life. Take for instance the idea of death that is seen in
‘The Lion King’ or ‘Bambi’. This is the perfect segway for parents to
start to teach their children about death. This allows children to see death in
a non-realistic way and also gives them the curi ity to ask their parents about
it. Parents should not shy away from a subject like this. Death is such a part
of life that it needs to be explained to children at the earliest possible time
that they are able to comprehend it in just the least. Just ink how much more
difficult it would be trying to explain to a five year old that his mother has
died, if you as a parent have never even mentioned the notion of death and what
it entails to that child. That child would have such more difficulty unders
nding that his mother is never coming back if he had been shielded from ever
seeing death. There is the argument that you should protect a child’s
innocence for as long as possible because once its gone it will never return.

There is merit in this argument. However, you have to make the decision on
whether you want protect a child for a couple of more years, or explain to them
the trials of life and in doing so, making it easier for them to comprehend this
world when they are older. A child that never learns about death, will never be
able to embrace it and to realize that death is not an ending but a new
beginning. Everyone is going to experience death at some point in there life and
by learning at a young age what death actuall entails will make it easier for
that child when faced with the situation. Cartoons are given too much credit for
shaping the way that young children think and behave. Adults are giving cartoons
this credit because they can look at them and see subtleties because they are
older and have so much more education. Children on the other hand are watching
these cartoons solely as entertainment. They are not comprehending any
underlining political or social message these cartoons may be conveying. If
there are any political or social messages contained in cartoons, then they e
intended for adults and will only be understood by adults. This also can be
applied to the issues regarding death, sex, and violence in cartoons. A good
majority of children don’t watch cartoons to learn, but rather as a form of
entertainment. Violence that is seen in cartoons by children is very rarely, if
er emulated by them. If it is in fact emulated by children, it is the fault