Thursday, April 2, 2009

What is Education?

What is education? Education means different things to different people. Yesterday I hosted an education carnival. I enjoyed reading the different posts. Everybody sent in different educational posts. I decided to look in different dictionaries to see how the definition of education has changed.
Following are two of the definitions I have chosen to show you:

In Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language says;
“EDUCA'TION, n. [L. educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.”

In today’s Miriam-Webster’s online dictionary it says;
ed·u·ca·tion Pronunciation:\e-jə-kā-shən\ Function: noun Date:1531
1 a: the action or process of educating or of being educated ; also : a stage of such a process b: the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process 2: the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools
— ed·u·ca·tion·al\-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
— ed·u·ca·tion·al·ly \-ē\ adverb

I am interested in learning what you think about these different definitions. Please leave your comments.

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