Afzalgarh for The strategy was to focus primarily on the use of language among children and youth. Following the tradition of Francis Bacon (and the path of other empiricist thinkers such as John Locke, Helvetius, ideology and irony 2 1 7 Holbach, and Condillac), de Tracy attempted to ground all human thought and action in reason and to ground reason in the precise use of language. De Tracy’s science of ideology set itself the ambitious task of eradicating all the false thoughts and beliefs in people’s minds by correctly linking words to things and rationally grounding all concepts. This task was initiated with children, who were assumed to be largely uncorrupted by the various idols of the marketplace. Employing a notion developed by John Locke, de Tracy maintained that the mind of the child at birth was a tabula rasa, a completely blank slate on which perceptions and ideas become engraved over time. Because language is the chief means humans have of expressing perceptions and formulating ideas, de Tracy hoped to ensure clear concepts, correct ideas, proper beliefs, and consequently good behavior by strictly supervising the use of language among those whose mental slates had yet to be marred by inappropriately cataloged experiences. De Tracy proposed that France adopt a centralized and routinized form of education. Afzalgarh 2016.