Our “formal education” basically teaches us how to read and from that point on we read to learn. My trusty 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary gives some exciting and slightly different definitions of “educate” and “education.” “Educate: To bring up as a child. To instruct; to inform and enlighten. To instill into the mind principles of art, science, morals, religion and behavior. To educate children well is one of the most important duties of parents and guardians.” “Educated” is “brought up, instructed, furnished with knowledge or principles; trained; disciplined.” “Educating” is “instructing, enlightening, the understanding and forming the manners.” “Education: The bringing up, as of a child, instruction, formation of manners. Education comprehends all 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. NULL
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.”
An unknown author says that education is “exploring the unknown, discovering new ideas, communicating with the world about us. Education is unfinishable. It is an attitude and a way of life. It makes every day a new beginning.”
A marvelous example of this thinking is that of Abraham Lincoln, who spent only one year in school under five different teachers, and yet he’s the author of the Emancipation Proclamation and The Gettysburg Address. Our “formal education” basically teaches us how to read and from that point on we read to learn. Tragically, 58% of our citizens, once they complete their “formal” education, never read another meaningful book—that’s a shame because the person who doesn’t read is not much better off than the person who can’t read, so continue to read, get that education and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
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