Schooling ≠ Education: Stop Rationalizing an Outdated Schooling System, and Focus on Essentials of Education…

Education is often confused with schooling, relying on the premise that time spend in school (a physical place) is directly related to education… Some how, by osmosis or some other magic force, spending time in school will lead to an educated person…

 It’s one of the biggest deceptions, con-games… being perpetuated on society. According to Darrow Miller; schooling can stand as barrier to education… education is not limited to classroom, or structured period of time, or formal instruction… education can take place– anytime, anywhere, in many forms…

According to Francis Schaeffer; schooling is rooted in places, buildings, class rooms… whereas education is a process that challenges the mind with– why, what, how… type of knowledge, understanding, curiosity…

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The current schooling system was designed, conceived, structured for different age. It was conceived in age of Enlightenment (18th Century) and in economic circumstances of Industrial Revolution (19th Century). Now in Digital Age (21st Century) the distinction between schooling and education is totally lost… But government continues to spend billions of dollars in a system that no longer works… And the problem isn’t– lack of funding, or poorly trained teachers, or lax regulations, or low quality curriculum… the problem is the entire education/ schooling paradigm…  

It’s time to break from the past and focus on innovating, creating… system of education that works… The current system is not designed to prepare children/young adults for the real world– it’s focused on goals, such as; passing a test, or graduating first in the class… it’s a system where most people just want to get out-of, as soon as possible… We cannot create a better future, if we continue to do the past…

In the article Are You Schooled or Educated? by Jonathan Jansen writes: There is bad news: While most people are schooled, few are educated– there is a difference… Those who are schooled followed the rules of the school– attended classes, homework, tests, passed, receive certificate of some kind… When you fall out-of-line, e.g.; come-in late or miss an assignment deadline… you are punished for bad behavior… You are in a sense, institutionalized… School in this sense, is a form of institutionalization in which you are ‘schooled to behave’…

These mechanical routines that lock students in classrooms and compress information into their heads in limited periods have morphed into an industry where; test questions are rehearsed, class notes are memorized, test answers are ‘scoped’ to ensure as many of those in attendance can achieve a passing grade… In this context the statement– ‘I went to school’ is as meaningless as saying– ‘I went to prison’… It reveals nothing about the quality and meaning of that experience… Simply insisting that people access and stay in school is not very helpful. In fact, institutionalization with unforgiving rules, unpredictable timetables might, in fact, do more harm than good…

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In the article Education vs. Schooling by George A. Goens writes: The debate about public education is missing an important question: Are students becoming well-educated or well-schooled? There’s a difference; one that is seminal in almost every discussion about public education. The current emphasis on test scores to determine whether a child is getting a good education has narrowed the definition of education…

We are teaching students the ‘game of schooling’ as if it were a short-term competitive exercise, i.e.; do what you must to get the ‘number’ you need… Hence, many students are concerned with passing, not learning… short-term grades, not in-depth understanding… The idea seems to be– if you cannot metrically measurable it, it’s not important, which is cousin to the idea that– if you cannot see it, don’t believe it…

An education is more than simply getting a job or meeting a career goal… Chasing the brass ring without a strong foundation in principle can be corrupting. All children/young adults, rich and poor, should be educated so they can contribute to common good, be responsible, active citizens, and adapt to changing times… Being well-educated means– being able to think critically, to pose questions, seek answers, to understand and develop an ethical and moral framework… Educated people have strong academic skills, but they also have values and principles that form foundation for life’s decisions… Unfortunately, some schools are becoming too narrowly focused and competitive, such  that it has pushed some students to say– ‘I have to cheat’ to get ahead…

In the article School vs. Education by Vinchenzo Renfurm and Jimenez Weerden write: People go to school to be educated and with an education they presumably have the tools for a constructive life experience… But instead of getting educated and being prepared for the real world they get schooled, instead of being taught how to stand on their two feet and become independent and stand out, they are programmed to fit in, to obey and follow orders and rely on others…

They are schooled (programmed) to settle for less than what they are capable of, e.g.; they take tests and based on their answers they are defined as being– ‘stupid’ or ‘smart’… They are taught– how to listen, obey, follow… but not how to– question, invent, lead… The school factories of today are very successful at producing sheep instead of strong individuals, because that’s what the world needed in earlier times, but times have changed…

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But the old schooling model has never changed. Now the Digital Age is different and the world, more than ever, needs educated leaders, entrepreneurs, critical thinkers… The world has changed, while the schooling system has not, the only difference now is that schools are using computers for some tasks instead of paper and pen; but the general method for teaching and examining students is still the same as in earlier times… One of the great fallacies is that– people are confusing schooling with education– one matters and the other simply doesn’t… Albert Eistein quote; education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school…

In the article Schooling vs. Education by mkaufman writes: The network of teachers and schools was not intended as an education system, but a schooling system. Understanding the difference between schooling and educating is important: The current system of schooling uses discipline and extrinsic motivation as a modality and methodology– to ‘motivate’ people to learn…

The formation of the free public school system was intended to provide bare minimum for the poor to become good citizens… Whereas, a system of education uses intrinsic motivation and natural desire of humans to learn and improve. A ‘system of education’ based on internal motivation is the enabler that support a person to achieve full potential… whereas a ‘system of schooling’ is satisfied with minimum achievement…

A system of schooling tends to control and use discipline… A system of education is based on relationships and respect… One of the reasons that people who are involved in public schooling experience frustration when they attempt to change or reform the existing system is that they don’t understand the difference between– what is schooling? what is education?…

Some confusion is caused because there is often overlap and contradiction between the two… Hence, people who are engaged in reforming the schooling/education system must first understand the distinctions… then they are better able to develop a meaningful set of goals and objectives relative to each system…

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Education is inherently a vulnerable state… According to amynylund; you have to be curious; you must care; you must be willing to– not know, and explore the unknown… Unfortunately, education has become directly equated with schooling, where schooling is the process of attending an educational institution… And where a collapsing schooling system for education tends to creates– passive, non-empowering relationship for learning that puts people in state of dependency…

Schooling is a passive learning experience, as opposed to active learning in education. The consequence is that people end-up being in schools, and simultaneously not being educated…