What Is Education?

What is education? Education is many things. It is some things because those things are education, but it is also some things because of what caused them to be. For example. If you ask me, the most basic of definitions for education is learning, because learning is being educated. But it could also be said that knowledge is education, because when you are educated, you receive knowledge. And then there’s freedom. Freedom could be said to be education, but I’d say that it would be more accurate to say that education is freedom, because education often does bring a sort of freedom. It could be a freedom to think about things your own way, it could be a freedom to learn, it could be a freedom to know things that you didn’t or couldn’t have before. Now, let’s see what the internet has to say.ImageIf this is to be believed, then to educate is only worth 12 points. That would be 12 points carved beautifully out of wood and then put through a black-and-white filter, mind you, but 12 points nonetheless. Assuming this is on a — say, 20 point scale. That would mean that to make it simpler, to educate would be 6 points out of 10. How many points would you give your education? Hopefully more than 6. If you are a teacher or administrator or just someone who works with education other than students, how would you change the number of points from when you were in school to now? Let’s look at another couple.Image

Interesting. Education and future are in the same direction, easy to see by the sign. But it doesn’t say which comes first. I like that, because that seems to say that one could come before the other, or that the other could come before the one. Sometimes, you go through your education, it brings you to your future, you’re done with it. But other times, you go through something else which brings you to your future, and your future IS education. Or, they could go hand-in-hand the entire time.

 

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” -Mark Twain

That, Mr. Twain, is a good thing. If schooling is not entirely adequate, learn on your own as well. Especially now with the Common Core and everything setting in, I’d say it’s a pretty good skill to have to be able to study things and learn on your own as well, to make for lost time, etc. in class.

Image‘LEARN!’ indeed. When you’ve a test coming up in a week, and you still are just barely beginning to understand the concepts on it, it really can feel like you’ve got someone shouting at you about it. Or, someone could literally be shouting about it, and that person would be you. It’s like cram school, but they don’t give you the time to cram.

So then…all different types and definitions of education. I’d say that all of them are correct in their own way, and that there probably isn’t one simple way to encompass all of the aspects of education. Well, that’s all I wanted to say…so, if you’re still reading, see ya next time, I guess!

-Zoe

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One thought on “What Is Education?

  1. Reblogged this on Empower our schools! and commented:
    This middle-school student has hit the nail on the head about what children are facing with the Common Core Initiative changes. In fact, I received a letter this week from the superintendent of the Durham public schools, Eric J. Becoats. In this letter he describes the changes in Common Core and the increased standards. He writes:

    “In the long run this will be a good thing for Durham Public Schools. It raises the bar and challenges our children to learn more and be better prepared for life after graduation. [bold] But it is important for you to understand that starting this year and for the next few years, proficiency levels as measured by the new state standards will probably drop.[end bold]
    […]
    However, after our students and teachers adjust, scores go back up. This shows that students aren’t less smart, they are simply adjusting to the greater challenges and higher standards.”

    In other words, prepare for all the psychological effects of your children, teachers and administrators feeling like they are less smart, feeling like they can’t succeed and are wrestling with being set up to fail. Prepare for children that previously were doing well, to be graded lower in the new system, and their ensuing frustration. Prepare for the comitant loss of self-esteem and the ramifications that has on their interest in even continuing with school. Zoe Morris’ quote from Mark Twain is key here, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Because this is what we all need to do for our children during these changes from the Common Core Initiative.

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