The Public Education System

The Public Education System

The Public Education System

The Public Education System

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An old saying advises students not to let their schooling interfere with their education. Whether you take that advice seriously or not, it is hard to deny that there is more to education than simply sitting in a classroom from eight in the morning to three in the afternoon. People also absorb knowledge by reading, listening to specialists in different fields, exploring topics on their own, visiting new places, simply associating with friends, and in many other ways. The educational process is much broader than it may appear on the surface.

Even when we limit ourselves to an examination of the formal education that we usually call schooling, we find that education involves much more than you and your teachers. The nature of the schooling you receive is the result of a complex interaction among many people, institutions, and forces. For instance, parents, the State Education Department, and the economic and racial composition of your community and its geographic location all may influence what you are taught in class. How our society makes the . . .

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