John Locke talks of the gradual opening of conscious mind which according to him is initially empty (a tabula rasa). This empty mind, a tabula rasa, is shaped by sensations and reflections or experiences in general. In some thoughts concerning education, Locke expressed his belief on the importance of education in development of man. He says that the extent of their goodness and usefulness boils down to their education (Piel, 2002). The impressions that the mind gets in childhood are lasting and form the basis of self. He expressed this in his “associations of ideas” and his views on this later came to be known as “assocationism”. Associationism as a theory was very influential and warned parents from allowing their children have to
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John Bowlby’s work on attachment theory stresses that young kids form emotional attachments to parents, guardians or caregiver if they are responsive to the child (Rider, & Sigelman, 2008). Due to the emotional attachment formed, in time of distress, children seek to be close to the caregiver or familiar people and use them also as a base in their exploration of the environment. Emotional attachments formed as a child form the basis of emotional and personality development. In some instances, the behavior the toddler develops towards some familiar people, be they parents, siblings, or others, influences their behavior towards the same people later in life. Separating a toddler from familiar people impacts the child emotional and cognitive development negatively.
Considering the theories of John Locke, Jean-Jacque Rousseau and John Bowlby on child development in relation to caregivers and environment, I would say that they certainly explain my experience to a point. I say this because their explanations are generic and therefore in some ways, may not apply to individual cases. I must admit that education has been important to me up to this stage. John Locke had no doubt in his mind about the role of education in the life of a person. As already said, he believed that education makes us good and useful (Shaffer, 2009). Economists tell us that education makes labor more productive, meaning that we contribute more to the development of the economy with