Tabula Rasa. The OED defines it as [Latin = scraped tablet] , a tablet from which the writing has been erased, and which is therefore ready to be written upon again; a blank tablet. John Lock uses the Tabula Rasa to describe the mind pre-experiences... when we are children. He does not believe that we are born knowing things, we are blank chalk boards and as we grow up our chalk board gets filled with information and our experiences.
He is best known for his theory of the tabula rasa. He believed that individuals were not predisposed with knowledge or morals, and learning comes to individuals from their experience and senses. John Locke focused on the unique and individual needs of a child in the facilitation of learning. He believed the each child had “an original temper” or character and that the character of each child needed to be very closely observed.
#ARITZIACLEANSLATE "Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper void of all characters, without any ideas. How comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store which the busy and boundless fancy of man has painted on it with an almost endless variety? Whence has it all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer, in one word, from EXPERIENCE." John Locke, a visionary