Jacques Rousseau was the
mastermind of French Revolution, although he died eleven years before
revolution. His writings insisted on the rights of the poor and on free
equal citizenship of every member of the state. He wrote on social
propounded authentic educational theories.
was born at Geneva in Switzerland in 1712. He started education at an
and had loved reading more and more books. He started writing articles
essays at the age of thirty. There was large scale corruption in the
He was sensitive to it and wrote articles on social and political
1750, he got a prize for essay writing on the topic - "Has the progress
the Arts and Sciences helped to corrupt or led to purity?" He also fell
love with a pretty woman.
desired to build a career as a author. He had a sensitive mind and
extraordinary writing power. His thoughts for equal and corruption-free
started stirring the minds, which had direct effect on the people.
principles of 'Genera will' and 'Return to Nature' had great impact on
Thus the new ideas which Rousseau thought and wrote influenced
society, philosophy, literature and arts. The French revolution of 1789
influenced by his thoughts. His ideas paved the way for revolution. On
other side, his contribution in the field of education is also
laudable. In his
book 'Emile', he gave the idea of education to a child.