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The English philosopher John Locke (1632–1704) published the modestly titled Some Thoughts Concerning Education in 1693. The text, Locke’s most obvious contribution to the philosophy of education, was based on letters written by Locke in 1684 to his friends Mr. and Mrs. Edward Clark, who had requested his advice on raising their young son. Locke was by then an experienced tutor and was able to provide a great deal of practical advice in the physical and moral care of the child, in addition to suggesting a suitable curriculum. Thoughts focuses for the most part on the physical care and moral development of the child and includes an academic curriculum almost as an afterthought. The text, in keeping with its origin, focuses on one particular child, ...

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