Education isn’t just based on grades, standardized testing, and teacher evaluations. Education is the cultivation of learning; it brings about an inherent and permanent change in a person’s thinking and capacity to do things. It is the development of understanding and judgment, and enabling action. Learning is both a process and an outcome. It is often said that we are learning all the time and that we may not be conscious of it happening. Good learning is something that takes time. Real education is very different to just having access to information about something. Real education embeds things into one’s brain, and anyone who understands learning will understand that this comes from repeated exposure and use of information or skills.
Primary education or elementary education is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. U.S. children begin primary school at around age six. Elementary education provides students with a basic understanding of various subjects, as well as the skills they will use throughout their lives. According to the United States Department of Education, every state government in the United States regulates primary education. Additionally, some states also supervise the curriculum, processes and standards of elementary schools to ensure students receive a quality education.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, providing children with this education has many positive effects, such as decreasing poverty, decreasing child mortality rates, encouraging gender equality, and increasing environmental concern. The subjects provided in primary education are: math, science, language arts, history, geography, art and music.
Middle education consists of two programs, middle school and high school. A diploma or certificate is awarded upon graduation from high school. A period of middle schooling follows which is between the years of primary school and secondary school. Middle school is usually 6th grade to 8th grade, but it may vary from state to state.
Secondary Education, mostly known as high school, includes grades 9-12. In secondary education, students learn about subjects, such as English, math, science and complete elective courses. Students in second education attend various classes in different classrooms throughout the day, unlike in primary education, where you are typically assigned to one classroom. Classes are usually held between 30-90 minutes. High schools also offer honors or advanced classes for students who desire more challenging coursework. These classes aren’t just challenging, but they also help the chances of student’s getting into colleges. Students begin secondary education at about age 11 to 13 and usually end at about age 15 to 18.
Vocational education is organized educational programs offering a sequence of courses which are directly to the preparation of individuals in paid or unpaid employment in current or emerging occupations requiring an advanced degree. Vocational education refers to career education of technical education. It can be described as a training that emphasizes knowledge and skills needed for a specific trade, craft or job function. Vocational education focuses on practical applications of the skills learned or acquired and it provides the much needed hands-on instruction in a specific trade.
In the workplace, 85% of current jobs and 90% of new jobs require some or more college or post-secondary education. It’s important to support and encourage children’s success in school. You should listen and help, to encourage, to hold reasonably high expectations, to work with teachers and set aside funds for further education. You know what they say kids are our future!