Education begins the minute a baby is born and is life-long. For some, the struggles and triumphs of daily life are far more instructive than formal schooling (Thus Mark Twain: "I never let school interfere with my education.") Family? members have an educational effect which is quite profound -- often more profound than they realize -- though family teaching techniques may be highly informal.
Formal education occurs when society makes a commitment to educate people, usually the young. Formal education has the advantage of being fairly systematic and thorough; but critics have always noted that whomever sponsors formal education, be it a church, the state or some other group, that group will almost always seek to shape its impressionable scholars in that image.
In recent years, life-long education has become far more widespread, and many adults have given up their notion that only children belong in school.
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