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Confucianism: Understanding and Applying the Analects of Confucius

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Examination of the world’s most influential scholars and philosophers helps students to understand the values, ethics, and lessons considered important at given times throughout history. The understanding of these elements also helps students realize how the legacy of these scholars and philosophers continues to impact and influence modern society. Any study of the world’s most influential and important philosophers includes Confucius. While his ideas resonate throughout all aspects of life in many Asian countries today, the study of his life and ideas is of particular relevance for high school students. As his thoughts and ideas focused on human interaction, moral behavior, and education, many students are challenged to examine the same topics in the classroom, the community, and with their families and peers.