Education begins the minute a baby is born and is life-long. For some, the struggles and triumphs of daily life are far more instructive than formal schooling (Thus Mark Twain: "I never let school interfere with my education.") Family members have an educational effect which is quite profound -- often more profound than they realize -- though family teaching techniques may be highly informal.
Formal education occurs when society makes a commitment to educate people, usually the young. Formal education has the advantage of being fairly systematic and thorough; but critics have always noted that whomever sponsors formal education, be it a church, the state or some other group, that group will almost always seek to shape its impressionable scholars in that image.
In recent years, life-long education has become far more widespread, and many adults have given up their notion that only children belong in school.
- Classical Education -- Reading -- Math -- Language -- Science -- Ethics -- Religious education
- Formal education
- Elementary education -- Secondary education -- College education -- Graduate education -- Colleges and universities -- School choice
- Theory and Methodology
- Educational philosophies--Teaching methods -- Instructional Theories-- Learning theories -- Learning disabilities
- F. Matthias Alexander
- John Dewey
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
- Maria Montessori
- Ivan Pavlov
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- B.F. Skinner
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