Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Education: 2 Meanings

“All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.” Noah Webster


EDUCA'TION, n. [L. educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.

***Definition from Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary (emphasis mine)


1 a: the action or process of educating or of being educated; also : a stage of such a process b: the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process

2: the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools

***Definition found in Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary. Based upon this definition, would you now actually know the meaning of the word? Seems very vague to me. I prefer Noah's.

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