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Ancient Philosophers Meet US Presidential Election

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YiLin Lee

on 27 September 2012

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Part 1- Philosophers' View
Yilin Lee, George Tsung, Bryan Tseng Ancient Philosophers Meet Presidential Election Lao Zi, Confucius, Han Fei, and Siddhartha Gautama all have their own concepts on education. We will take a closer look at how their original words can be used to infer how they would think about the mandatory education in America today. Education Change the compulsory education because he believes that education should be optional
Sages would educate themselves to become a productive person for the society/government Lao Zi One should only be taught if they are eager to learn
Education should be given to anyone eager to learn despite their financial stability
Opposes final examinations because learning should be a personal thing Confucius Han Fei "Oceans and rivers become emperors of the hundred valleys because they stay so perfectly below them. This alone makes them emperors of the hundred valleys." - Lao Zi, Dao De Jing
Emperor should lead from behind and let the people decide things out of their own accord
should not force people to have to go to school Confucius answered the question on whether or not to put what was learned immediately into practice or not. To one student that was eager to learn, Confucius said to first consult his father, or brother. To another student lacking in enthusiasm, Confucius said yes, put it immediately into practice.
Teaching methods are altered to fit each person so that everyone would gain the optimum amount of information People need a strong government and not to learn useless facts
Everyone should think in the same way and not further their knowledge which would cause riots
More knowledge= more power than the emperor.... cause conflicts Siddhartha Guatama Education would be necessary to conquer the 8-fold path
Right understanding- be able to understand a problem to seek a solution
Education would not be needed if the eight-fold path is not being followed unless the individual is eager to learn Foreign Policy Lao Zi, Confucius, Han Fei, and Siddhartha Gautama all have their own ways of treating people that are different from themselves. We will look at how these individual thoughts would agree/disagree with America's foreign policy. Lao Zi No use in having a foreign policy because one should lead with the "flow"
If people want to have a relationship with the country, they would go straight to the emperor/ governor and request for one; there should not be a right way for it Han Fei Very interested in foreign policy because military power can be used to rule and create international relations
Strong laws for other nations will make for stronger relations Confucius Would disagree with the American foreign policy; wouldn't want to take advantage of people just to obtain power "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others."
If you do not wish for other people to take advantage of your country for it's money and power, you shouldn't be doing the same thing to them Siddhartha Gautama Foreign policy would be a dangerous approach
Try the hardest to avoid the need for international relations Right livelihood- "One’s work must not interfere with or go against Buddhist goals"
If Buddhists' live the way they are supposed to, there would be no need to have public relations. Bibliographies Brenchley, Cameron. “Investing in Education in Every State and District.” The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education. Last modified December 15, 2011. Accessed September 25, 2012. http://www.ed.gov/blog/tag/american-jobs-act/.
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“International Law - Legalism.” Encyclopedia of the New American Nation. Accessed September 25, 2012. http://www.americanforeignrelations.com/E-N/International-Law-Legalism.html#b.
McEnroe, A. M., ed. “Confucius’s Educational Theory.” Confucius’s Educational Theory. Last modified August 11, 2011. Accessed September 25, 2012. http://www.newfoundations.com/GALLERY/Confucius.html.
Thompson, Nick. “What should America’s top foreign policy priority be?” CNN. Accessed September 25, 2012. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/14/politics/facebook-us-foreign-policy-survey/index.html.
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