Education encompasses teaching and learning specific skills , and also something less tangible but moreprofound: the imparting of knowledge , good judgement and wisdom . One of the fundamental goals of education is toimpart culture across the generations (see socialization ).
Education begins the minute a baby is born and is life-long. Education may even beginbefore birth as evidenced by some parents playing music or reading to the baby in the womb in the hope it will influence(educate) their child before birth. For some, the struggles and triumphs of daily life are far more instructive than formal schooling (Thus Mark Twain : "I neverlet school interfere with my education.") Family members have an educational effectwhich is quite profound — often more profound than they realize — though family teaching techniques may be highlyinformal.
Formal education occurs when society makes a commitment to educate people, usually the young. Formal education can besystematic and thorough, but the sponsoring group may seek selfish advantages when shaping impressionable young scholars.
Life-long or adult education has become widespread. Many adults have given up the notion that only children belongin school. Many adults are enrolled in post-secondaryeducation schools, both part-time and full time, where they are often classified as non-traditional students in order to distinguish them administratively from young adultsentering directly from high school.
Computing devices can change when and where we learn. This is the computer based or networked learning structure, in whichpeople contribute to each others' education. It is defined as onlineeducation (a subset of distance education ), the European Graduate School as a University operates duringthe summer, it serves as a meeting point for people that has participated in online forums through the academic year, thismethodology is a break to the traditional educational system.
Challenges in education
In well-developed countries
In developing countries
Informal and alternative education
Theory and methodology
Education by country
Education and parents
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