It is commonly believed in United States that school is where people go to ge。t an education. Nevertheless, it has been said t。hat today children interrupt their education to go to s。chool. The distinction between schooling and education implied by this remark is important.
Education is much more open-ended and all-inclusive than schooling. Education knows no bounds. It can take place anyw。here, whether in the shower or in the job, whether in a kit。chen or on a tractor. It includes both the formal learning that takes place in schools and the whole universe of informal learning. The agen。ts of education can r。ange from a revered grandparent to the people debating politics on the radio, from a child to a distinguished scientist. Whereas schooling has a certain predictability, education quite often produces surprises. A chance conversation wi。th a stranger may lead a person to。 discover how little is known of other r。eligions. People are engaged in education from inf。ancy on. Education, then, is a very broad, inclus。ive term. It is a lifelong pro。cess, a process that starts long before the start of school, and one that should be an inte。gral part of one's entire life.
Schooli。ng, o。n the other hand, is a specific, fo。rmalized process, whose general pattern varies little from one setting to the next. Throughout a country, children arrive at school at approximately the same time, take assig。ned seats, are taug。ht by an。 adult, use similar textbooks, do。 homework, take exams,。 and so on. The slices of re。ality that are to be learned, whether they are the alphabet or an understandi。ng of the wo。rking of gov。ernment, have usually been limited by the boundaries of the subject being taught.。 For example, high school students know that there not likely to find out in their classes the truth about political problems in th。eir communities or what the newest filmmakers are experimenting with. There are definite conditions surrounding the formalized process of schooling.