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Throughout history education has always been one of mans most important activities In fact man could not carry on government family life religion or earn a living without some form of education To understand human development and man himself we need to understand education In a democracy education is everyones business We first become interested in education as learners and ads students in school Later as citizens we pay taxes and help run the public schools The kind of education everyone receives is as important to each of us as is our own education This is because the quality of a community or nation depends largely upon the kind of education all its citizens receive A community of well-educated people makes a good place to live Our present methods of education have been influenced by the way education has developed Education includes all the ways in which one person deliberately tries to influence the behavior of another person Behavior may include knowledge skills habits values and attitudes Formal education includes organized instruction given by teachers in such institution as schools and universities Informal education involves learning from people and agencies whose primary purpose is something other than organized instruction These include the family and other social groups as well as newspapers television and movies Parents educate children when they teach them to talk to like and dislike things and to behave in certain ways Libraries and museums educate people by providing them with books and information in many fields of knowledge Churches educate people when they urge them to accept certain beliefs about religion and personal conduct Governments educate citizens by passing laws that require people not to injure each other and to respect the property of others In these and countless other ways the people of every country learn the customs knowledge beliefs and ideals of the groups in which they live A peoples whole way of life is called its civilization or its
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