Definition essay : Education and personal development

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We have to learn during all of our lifetime. Since we were small, we have to learn how to stand, walk, talk,… Getting older, we learn about the world, why the leaves are green, why human can talk, why we need to communicate with others and how to make an effective conversation,… We can’t know anything if we don’t learn. But where and how we learn? The following essay can answer that question to some extents by defining two terms “education” and “personal development”.

Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others, but
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However, in fact, not only learning at school is considered education. Beside formal education, there are also informal education and non-formal education.

Non-formal education provides knowledge, skills without the institutional environment of formal schooling. Some main forms are free education, self-learning and vocational education. Free school with the opening structure is the kind of school that is available to pupils without charge. Besides this, "free" also refer to freedom of speech. The second is self-learning. Individuals who follow self-learning are called “autodidact”. They spend a great deal of time reviewing the resources of libraries and educational websites, not attending classes. Some notable autodidacts are Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci,… And, vocational education is a form of education focused on direct and practical training for a specific trade or craft like textile, mechanics,...

And the last one, informal education includes indigenous education (often in a post-colonial context) and education through recreation.

It is obvious that education is one of the most important concepts that plays a vital role in each individual’s life. Everyone should be aware that education is not all about studying and getting good marks. It is really a means to discover new things and increase our knowledge about the world. Formal studying at school

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