1 a : the action or process of educating or of being educated; also : a stage of such a process
1 b : the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process <a person of little education>
2 : the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools
Whether in brick walls or in a kitchen or from graffiti on bathroom walls, we are always learning. How do we gain a sense of the world view behind the lesson, whether or not it is explicit? Education could be the most powerful tool for change, because without it how do we communicate understanding to those who oppress us and the environment? Formal education will always have its issues with things like history taught from the viewpoint of the “winner,” economic metrics that only value money, and resource disparity from neighborhood to neighborhood, country to country. Thankfully, it is still a remarkably useful tool in empowering those with less to earn more and those with more to learn something about those with less. And even more importantly, education doesn’t end at the bell, it goes forward into frontiers like social media and viral videos, parades and proclamations, conversations and sermons. There is no end of information, the next great tool might just be the filter to understand what has merit and what might not. Happy learning!