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Schooling is not Education.

Many people who go to school learn nothing.

“What are we learning?”

You need to ask yourself what you are learning.

Learning requires more than a student’s physical presence in a classroom. A lot of us believe that learning should begin and end within the four walls of a classroom.

Beyond Schooling is Education.

The focus of basic education must, therefore, be on actual learning acquisition and outcome, rather than exclusively upon enrolment, continued participation in programs and completion of certification requirements.

Parents and governments expect a return on the investment in schooling. Parents send their children to school in expectation of improved employment opportunities, income, status and quality of life.

Ministers and parliaments hope that expanded education will lead to economic growth, improved health outcomes and nation building. In some ways, schooling appears to meet these expectations.

Actual learning is more closely related to education rather than school attendance.

Many of us go to school but do not get educated there. For many, their education happens outside the school.

In another vein, many do not attend school but are well educated.

The questions to ask are:

  • “What am I learning?”
  • “When does my education occur?”

Schooling creates little human capital #Audacity2Lead

Education is a signal of productivity and ambition, but schooling adds limited valuable learning.

Education is a process – Ongoing. Schooling is limited. It ends at a point.

“Where has all the education gone?”

Do we place importance on education than schooling?

While I am not saying schooling is bad, the emphasis should be on education, actual learning. Most people went to school and had to La cram La Pour. At the end of the day, they are unfulfilled because they missed their education.

  • When did your education start? Do you even know?
  • Without learning, do we want more schooling? Are we churning educated people or just schooled people?

The schooling – education gap is a systemic issue. Most of our “no knowledge is wasted” is just lip service.

Non-school factors play an important role, even within schooling systems, several factors must coalesce for students to learn.

For many schooling destroys their education: what they have learnt, would have learnt or loved to learn.

Many people’s education lies in their passion, experiences or talents. Yet they miss it for schooling.

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ― Mark Twain

Go to school but don’t lose your education. Learn every day. Everything around you is a teacher.

It has been said that the primary function of schools is to impart enough facts to make children stop asking questions. Some, with whom the schools do not succeed, become scientists. – The Camel’s Nose by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen.

I am hoping that my generation will do better than our parents and let our kids get true education.

My mother always wanted to be a teacher. Her mother wanted a doctor. She went to medical school for her mother.

My mother then went to teachers college for herself. I’ve never met a fulfilled teacher like my mum. Her education took her years.

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. – George Santayana (1863-1952).

School but learn. Learn everyday.

For some people, schooling refers to what they learnt in school, while education includes life experiences, individual study and travel.

Education is the act of learning, of acquiring knowledge, whether it is done in a school setting or anywhere else.

Schooling, on the other hand, is the actual process of being taught in a school setting.

Schooling is a process of moulding, fashioning minds and behaviour according to the interests and beliefs of some particular group.

Education may be defined in terms of its potential to challenge and to suspend all such vested interests and beliefs.

Education is the process of exploring alternative ways of thinking, doing, believing, and expressing one self.

The world has made dramatic gains in getting children — even very, very poor children — into school. But are they learning?

We all have a role to play if education will not be lost.

Governments must encourage schooling and education. Both are essential if we will have effective and efficient human capital.

As individuals, we must make efforts to complement our schooling with education.

As parents, we must not enforce our education or schooling dreams on our children. Let them do them.

The society must not make those who don’t go to school feel like they have no hope. Education is Key!

We never finish learning how to learn, learning how to think, learning how to communicate and learning how to solve problems.

It is never too late to get educated.

Kindly ask questions, Make contributions. BEYOND SCHOOLING IS EDUCATION.

Thank you for having me. #Audacity2Lead


Blessing Timidi Digha (BTD) is a very compassionate young lady whose insatiable desire is to see every young person groomed to live a productive youth life. From experience she believes that: “Any faux pas in the upbringing of a child can mar its childhood and if not quickly salvaged can ruin such a destiny.” To this end, as a Child and Youth Development Strategist and Consultant, Timidi devotes her time to empowering young people for productive youth life. Her friendly and mother-like disposition with which she works the platform endears her to any young peopled audience. Follow her on Twitter @SuperGirlTimidi

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