Sunday, February 9, 2014

Defining Education

Decided to look up the word EDUCATION today.

I realized that when we agree to education being a public service provided by the government, we must understand that we are complicit in the maximizing of a system they are delivering, a process that is systemic and without consideration of the nuanced ways in which we uniquely flourish.

Education must be guided by the individual's interest, passion and defined purpose and simultaneously one's relationship to our ecosystem. When education became synonymous with a content delivery system, an institution, a building, the powers that be successfully bamboozled us into thinking tests, textbooks, and grades - hell even the building itself - reflect the capacity of our people to be Genius. Standing on the shoulders of my forefather W.E.B. DuBois, I would contend that the problem of the twenty-first century is the problem of schooling.

the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, esp. at a school or university.
 ◦ the theory and practice of teaching.
 ◦ a body of knowledge acquired while being educated.
 ◦ information about or training in a particular field or subject.
an enlightening experience.

:the action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university
:the knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university
:a field of study that deals with the methods and problems of teaching
1. the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
2. the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.
3. a degree, level, or kind of schooling: a university education.
4. the result produced by instruction, training, or study: to show one's education.
5. the science or art of teaching; pedagogics.

The Free Dictionary
1. The act or process of educating or being educated.
2. The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
3. A program of instruction of a specified kind or level: driver education; a college education.
4. The field of study that is concerned with the pedagogy of teaching and learning.
5. An instructive or enlightening experience: Her work in the inner city was a real education.
Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others, but may also be autodidactic.  Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. Education is commonly divided into stages such as preschool, primary school, secondary school and then college, university or apprenticeship.

NOUN the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university an enlightening experience

Business Dictionary The wealth of knowledge acquired by an individual after studying particular subject matters or experiencing life lessons that provide an understanding of something.

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