Discussion Reply 2

Discussion Reply 2

minimum of 100 words each. Replies should go beyond simple agreement, disagreement, or compliments. They should extend the discussion by adding to the topic, substantiating an opinion about the thread, or presenting a thought-provoking question for other students. Replies applying the content to present issues in education or to your own experiences are acceptable.


Topic: Gutek mentions John Locke several times. Using the index, review the various references to Locke, summarize the points related to Locke, and discuss the influence he had on education and on politics.

John Locke is referenced in various locations throughout six pages in Gutek (1995). In summary, Locke is most famously known for his emphasis on natural rights. So much so that Thomas Jefferson referenced him when the North American colonists revolted against English rule. Additionally, Thomas Jefferson is not the only prominent member of society in this era that based their beliefs on Locke’s notion of, “inalienable rights of life, liberty, and happiness” (Gutek, 1995, p. 180); still, many others were followers based on his stance on education. “John Locke asserted an empiricism that profoundly affected educational theory and method” (Gutek, 1995, p. 168). Locke encouraged and believed education should be taken out of a structured classroom setting that involves books. On the contrary, Locke theorized that the learning process came from touching and feeling objects. In conclusion, both politically speaking and looking forward in the field of education, Locke brought about essential foundational knowledge. For our students, his teachings have brought about knowledge that has been essential for our learners who do well manipulating three-dimensional objects and learn best in natural environments. In addition, our first amendment speaks volumes in terms of Locke’s influence.


Gutek, G. L. (1995). A history of Western educational experience (2nd ed.) Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

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As you have stated in your post John Locke was regarded as an individual who saw the need of the society practicing natural rights…………………….

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