The Relationship Between Moral Ideals and Education

Yiquan Wang, Xiaoyao Yue


The relationship between moral ideals, politics, and education has been discussed by philosophers such as Machiavelli and Hobbes in their normative ideals associated with political realism, morals, and education. There is a symbiotic association between education, politics and morals ideal. This is because politics influences education and vice versa. The presence or lack of education impacts the combined values, goals, morals, and intellect of the body politic. In other words, the level of education in a society or the way the society is educated will influence the kind of people who will get into power and hold office and the moral ideals they will possess. Also, leaders getting into office need to possess good morals that can be acquired through education. Besides, it will determine the strategy used to get people into office and how much control and power those in office have. Education also determines the type of laws and morals that are deliberated sensible and insensible and how those who have been elected to represent the society or country will establish, promote, and govern educational institutions. There is a connection between Machiavelli and Hobbes’ moral ideals and education as identified in this paper. This essay uses “generation Z” students in higher education to show how Hobbes’s educational theories and moral ideals apply in the real world. In his educational theory, Hobbies suggests that teachers should use methods of teaching take into consideration the characteristics of the generation Z and also the curriculum should include the teaching of morals because this generation is going through many challenges.

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Asian Journal of Social Science Studies  ISSN 2424-8517 (Print)  ISSN 2424-9041 (Online)  

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