If there is one thing I’ve learned it is that education and schooling are not necessarily the same. Yet, it is widely assumed that they are the same.
There are people who are very well-educated who have very little schooling. There are also people with lots of schooling who are simply not well-educated. Of course, there are also those with a lot of schooling who are well-educated
The way I define these terms is as follows:
Schooling–is a set of standards and/or curriculum. It is information based material that is intended to educate the recipient which is usually referred to as a student. The material may or may not be pertinent to the student’s life. The recipient/student is usually tested on the knowledge received. Based on the results of the tests and sometimes other factors, such as attendance and participation, the student is graded on his/her performance.
Schooling is often based on the concept of what is known as scaffolding. Scaffolding is the process of moving students from one level to the next. If the student passes one level, they advance to the next level. There are often different sections or phases within a particular level. If a student does not pass, they may not be able to advance and may be required to repeat that section, phase, or level. The public school system is set up this way.
Upon completion of the sections, phases, and levels that have been set forth by a predetermined set of standards or curriculum, the student is often referred to as a graduate.
Education–is the process of learning and is more organic in nature. Everyone learns at his/her own pace. The knowledge acquired through education is more often useful and pertinent to the person who has acquired a particular form of education.
Schooling and school systems are referred to as facilitators of education which is clearly their intention. What they provide is often referred to as formal education.
However, often times schooling misses the mark and true education is received in a variety of ways and places. Some learn more and become more educated in places other than in school, such as on the job or real life in general (also known as the school of hard knocks).
In my case, I have learned as much if not more away from school (the school of hard knocks) than in school. On the other hand, having matured and coming to realize the value of schooling/formal education, I eventually received a more meaningful formal education.
I went directly from high school to a community college at age 18 but dropped out. I tried to return to school at age 20 and completed one class. However, I was already married by then and again dropped out of school.
I returned to school at age 30 and received an AA degree in language arts at 33. I transferred to a university. After a year at the university, I decided to take a little time off but vowed to return.
Fourteen years later, I did just that. I returned to school
I received a BA in communication (with the single-subject teaching option–English) at age 52 from Cal State Los Angeles. From there I entered the CA teaching credential program at Cal State L.A. and completed that program at age 54. At the same time, I was enrolled in the masters program and received a master degree in educational foundations from Cal State L.A. at age 55.
I began teaching 7th grade English at age 52 in 2006. In 2010, I received a credential in social science via examination and began teaching social science classes (mostly world history and US history) the same year.
Writing is my specialty and is what I enjoy teaching the most.
I taught in the Pasadena, CA Unified School District (PUSD) from 2006-2009 and Amador County, CA Office of Education/Unified School District from 2009-2012.
I currently serve as a substitute teacher in Huntington Beach, CA in the Ocean View School District (OVSD) and Huntington Beach Union High School District (HBUHSD). OVSD serves grades K-8, including preschool and HBUHSD serves six local high schools.
To say education is important would be a major understatement!
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