Is education primarily the result of influences other than school.
Education is the manifestation of knowledge embedded in men. Therefore, education is not only what is taught in school, but also the knowledge that is gained by one during extracurricular activities of all kind. The life of many great people has shown that school is not the primary influence that results in education. William Shakespeare, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford dropped out of school at a young age. However, they were successful in later life, even though their primary source of education wasn't school.
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Not all of one's education is gained only going to schools, because there are other resources where one can get materials to study a particular subject. For example, library is a source of information. It is possible to go to the library, select a certain or range of books that will provide one with the information he or she wants to gain, and get educated. The internet is also a great medium to attain education. The previous two mediums prove that school is not the primary resource to gain education. In fact, much of the information taught in school is derived from other mediums such as the internet and library. The truth is, school is a secondary medium for education, a school acts as a intuition simplifying and organising information available already, and translating the information into context that can be understood by young people.
As school is a secondary medium for education, much of the vital information is omitted by the curriculum presented in school. Therefore, we can only possess the omitted information by listening to others, and reading extra materials, such as book. Education is also gained by real-life experiences. We can only learn navigate when we have put our mapping skills in practice in a hiking trip, or any other trip that includes navigation. A footballer must practice playing football in order to gain full education of football, the classes alone in school would not be sufficient.
School is not efficient enough to give a child the information that is needed to proceed in life, therefore it is not possible for a school to give a full education to a child because time is limited. However, oral and extracurricular activities complete the gigantic gaps in education schools can't provide and therefore education is primarily the result of influences other than school.