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Difference Between Education and Schooling

educationEducation vs Schooling

‘She’s well educated.’

‘His schooling was completed traditionally.’

Education and schooling appear to be the same thing; however, on pondering the idiosyncrasies of both disciplines, they take on different meanings and outcomes. Is the process of ‘educating’ someone dissimilar to that of ‘schooling’ another, or is the process exactly the same? This article examines the differences and the similarities between the aspects of education and schooling.


Webster’s defines education as ‘knowledge and development resulting from an instructive process’, or more specifically, the act or progression of acquiring or imparting knowledge. Most people think a good education is the result of completing a specific number of years in a formal instructive discipline, such as higher educations acquired in colleges and universities in a specific field of study.

Webster’s dictionary defines schooling as ‘the process of being taught, such as in a school’. ‘Schooling’ is often thought to occur in the lower grades, where children are taught the basics which enable them to continue learning at the higher educational institutions. ‘Schooling’ is also thought to be accomplished in a particular vocational skill or trade, such as a ‘mechanics’ or ‘beauty’ school.

The difference between the definitions is subjective.


As communities grew, knowledge expanded, inventions came more frequently, and a greater need for the next generations to have a more formal educational process developed. The educational process began with the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic; eventually adding additional instruction, such as history, geography, music, sciences, philosophies, religion, social studies, and arts. Advanced mathematics, sciences, and many other disciplines, became part of the educational process.

No one actually knows when formal schooling began. Could it have been with the cavemen training their children with the survival skills to continue their lives, and pass their skills on to countless generations of descendents? Prior to written languages, learning processes existed solely as oral traditions; societies were developed based on communicating this knowledge, or ‘schooling’ the next generation. One of the earliest examples of schooling found, was in Egypt, around 3000BC.


There are many methods of getting a higher education, and many theories for the most expedient and superlative manner to accomplish the goals. There are many varieties of approaches to identify the student’s abilities and aptitudes, and appropriate methodologies that focus on how personalities affect learning abilities. All learners fall into a specific category of oral learners, visual learners, or kinesthetic learners, and different approaches are more effective based on their needs.

There are many varieties of ‘schooling’ that have been popular and unpopular over the last several centuries. Grouping students together in common locations has existed and continued since the ancient Greek times. Another method of schooling is called ‘self-paced’, and this is when the students learn at their own pace, and are not forced to follow a daily curriculum. Since students learn differently, there is not one all-encompassing solution for education or schooling.


1. Webster’s defines education as ‘knowledge and development resulting from an instructive process’, but Webster’s dictionary defines schooling as ‘the process of being taught, such as in a school’.

2. Education improved as the communities developed, but no one knows when schooling actually began.

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  2. I hope you will send me more documnet to learn and could sugest me for further study!

  3. please i need also the Definitions of the term Education in a Variety of ways

  4. “Your Education Starts The Day You Graduate”

    Jimmy Crimmins

  5. I need document on the difference between education and training

  6. Please, what are the main goals of education?

  7. Education starts from the day you were born still death

  8. There is one thing you failed to mention that is a difference between schooling and education that I have found pertinent in my life.

    “Schooling” teaches one to accept the information that one is given and to not question it so that one can function within the society one lives. If one questions the books as written or that taught, one is most often given a failing grade. It is accepted that if one is failing in school, one will continue to be a failure in life. If one questions the standard quo at one’s work, those in charge tend to look at you and judge you as not a team player or trouble. Or in any one organization one belongs to. But if you accept this type of schooling, one has a chance at success in society.

    “Education” originated in the Greek language and is defined as “To remember that which has been forgotten”. In order to remember that which has been forgotten, one has to learn to ask questions. And usually brings another type of success. That of “The truth is know thyself and the truth will set you free.” Freedom from the fear of asking questions, and of failure. Or fear of belonging to any one organization.

    “Training” is another type of learning. In the Army one is trained to respond to any given situation without question, whether it be physical or mental. In physical danger, without thought, fight or flight and preferably to fight. And survive or advance in combat or in the organization. In Business the object is the same, whether to operate machines “Correctly” or function within the business as a “Team Player”. Again success.

    To quote Albert Einstein when asked how he came up with the many inventions and theories about the universe: “It is not that I am smarter than any one else, but that I spend more time on the question.”

  9. Plsssss between the two write note the process of education

  10. Drama of students primary school

  11. Tragedy of students to learner how to students easy learn

  12. Please give a apripate document

  13. give methods of leaning phsics and mathematics easy

  14. Why is certificate (s) becoming the yardstick for employment in the world instead of judging from practical experience.
    This thoughts have given me sleepless nights

  15. This is very informative. It is higher time that education should not be measured with certificate anymore. It very sad to see people roaming around on the street just because apparently they did not attain the requirements for them to progress to next level.

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