If they come not to their books with some kind of liking and relish, it is no wo nder their thoughts should be perpetually shifting from what disgusts them, and seek better entertainment in more pleasing objects after which they will unavoidable be gadding.' 1 John Locke´s 'Some Thoughts Concerning Education' occupies an important place in the history of educational theory 2 , though only a scanty reference can be made to it here. The aim of that work is to point out Locke´s basic ideals concerning the human race and in how far education needs careful consideration. Furthermore it should become clear which methods John Locke prefers and in how far they are useful for reality, nowadays and also in the past. In order to find out the important aspects there will be first of all given a brief biography of John Locke so that it will become possible to reconstruct the activities in his life and how they influenced his writings, especially the work that should be discussed here in the first place.