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The American educator Horace Mann once said As an apple is not in any proper sense an apple until it is ripe so a human being is not in any proper sense a human being until he is educated Education is the process through which people endeavor to pass along to their children their hard-won wisdom and their aspirations for a better world This process begins shortly after birth as parents seek to train the infant to behave as their culture demands They soon for instance teach the child how to turn babbling sounds into language and through example and precept they try to instill in the child the attitudes values skills and knowledge that will govern their offsprings behavior throughout later life Schooling or formal education consists of experiences that are deliberately planned and utilized to help young people learn what adults consider important for them to know and to help teach them how they should respond to choices This education has been influenced by three important parts of modern American society wisdom of the heart egalitarianism and practicality the greatest of these practicalityIn the absence of written records no one can be sure what education man first provided for his children Most anthropologists believe though that the educational practices of prehistoric times were probably like those of primitive tribes in the 20th century such as the Australian aborigines and the Aleuts Formal instruction was probably given just before the childs initiation into adulthood -- the puberty rite -- and involved tribal customs and beliefs too complicated to be learned by direct experience Children learned most of the skills duties customs and beliefs of the tribe through an informal apprenticeship -- by taking part in such adult activities as hunting fishing farming toolmaking and cooking In such simple tribal societies school was not a special place it was life itselfHowever the educational process has changed over the decades and it now vaguely represents what
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