All About Education

What is education?

Education is the process through which people learn new skills, acquire knowledge, beliefs and an understanding of such things as culture. Education can be instilled through guidance and correction by educated and more experienced individuals such as teachers, parents and older siblings or through reading different books and resources without necessary receiving guidance from anyone, that is, self taught education. Experiences that affect the way one reasons and goes about their day to day activities is also considered to be part of education.

What types of education is there?

There are two main types of education: formal and informal education. Formal education is instilled in a controlled environment, usually by a set of certified teachers and trainers, and follows a predetermined curriculum. Formal education can further be divided into preschool education, primary school, secondary school education and tertiary education and students start from preschool and progress until they graduate from high school or tertiary institutions. The mode of teaching in formal education is also defined and includes theoretical as well as practical approaches such as science workshops for primary schools.

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Informal education on the other hand does not follow a nationally recognised syllabus or model of teaching and can be acquired from anywhere. Formal education, for most people, usually takes place between the ages of 3 and 25 years while informal education has no time limits.

What subjects are popular for education?

Mathematics, science, history, geography studies, art and design, computing, music, physical education and languages are popular in primary schools and high schools all over the United Kingdom. Some of the subjects such as English and Maths may be compulsory while the rest are electives based on the student's interests and talents. Physical education ensures that the young students grow both physically and mentally. The range of activities included in physical education may include playing various sports, games and gymnastics and varies from institution to institution.

Why do people need education?

Education is important in shaping the way we reason and therefore our approach to solving different challenges experienced in life. In addition, education instils in us different skills and knowledge that we can use to earn a living. Different jobs require different levels of education but this should not limit anyone from pursuing further education. When the citizens and residents of a nation are educated, there is greater economic growth, stability and security which ultimately translates to higher standards of living for everyone.

What is e-learning?

E-learning is a system of learning where education is acquired through the internet. Instructions, reading materials, assignments and projects are sent to a depository from where students access them. Videos can bee used to teach while students can hold discussions through chat, video conferencing and video calls. E-learning enhances access to education from a wide range of resources. Students do not need to be in a central region in order to access education and this has reduced the costs associated with acquiring education especially at the tertiary level. E-learning also gives individuals the opportunity to study and work, which has increased pursuit of higher education among different categories of workers.