What constitutes education is a matter of diverse opinion. In the history of education, emphases on its purpose, method and content have always fluctuated with social changes. All communities train their young to behave in conformity with certain social expectations. Communication skills begin to be taught early, first aurally and orally, by talking to the baby or stimulating (or soothing) it with music or other noises, which it is encouraged to repeat, and later to re-create, purposefully, as it begins to understand a meaning to individual words. Philosophers recommended ways of teaching the young as far back as Plato and there has been no lack of theories from his day to ours.
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