Education confuse them and make them less focused

Education is a concept that has been around for thousands of years. In plato’s republic, the main purpose of education is not for the learning factor. The main purpose is to shape the individual how Socrates deems is best for the city. Socrates believes that the good of the city outweighs the good of the individual. The education system has it’s focus mainly towards talented individuals so that they can become warriors, guardians, protectors…again for the protection of the city. “To become a good guardian, a man must be by nature fast, strong, and a spirited philosopher” (Plato, Book 2). From the beginning, everyone is educated equally until age eighteen. At that age, it is evident what you are destined for and what your purpose is for the city. “….they’ll lead all the hardy children to…war, so that… they can see what they’ll have to do in their craft when they are grown up”. Producers, laborers, and craftsmen end their education and start working. Others are trained physically for the military. The next tier would be the warriors and protectors who have a bit more education compared to the first two groups. Lastly, would be the most loyal and crucial to the city, those are the philosopher-kings. They are given the most amount of time to further their education. “However, it is fit to be sure about what we were saying a while ago, that the guardians must get the right education, whatever it is, if they’re going to have what’s most important for being tame with each other and those who are guarded by them”. The education system is harshly structured. Literature is crucially observed. The people must only be learning skills required for their specific occupation. If they are exposed to literature that shows one person being involved and learning many things outside their duties, it would confuse them and make them less focused on their roles for the city. Education, is purposely taught in a way that encourages and focuses on the good of the city as a whole, rather than the good of the individual. There is an emphasis on moderation, neither too much or too little. Socrates believes that wealth leads to laziness, and poverty leads to rebellion. “Make sure that the city is neither small nor seemingly great, but sufficient and one” (Book 4).