In the field of “education,” we often talk and write about “education” and “schooling” as if they are one and the same thing, using the words interchangeably as if they are synonyms. In fact, the two terms represent very different – albeit integrally intertwined – concepts. I believe that the moment children are born their education begins.
When we differentiate between the notions of “education” and “schooling,” we are able to see that parents have the huge task – the lifelong task – of education. Teachers have the privilege of supporting parents in their lifelong work of educating their children, walking alongside them for a year or so as they provide formal schooling for the children, contributing to the parents’ efforts to realize their hopes and dreams for their children’s growth and development.
Learn more about the benefits of parents and teachers working along side each other in the education and schooling of the child.