Education encompasses teaching
, and also something less tangible but more profound: the imparting of knowledge
, good judgement
. Education has as one of its fundamental goals the imparting of culture
from generation to generation (see socialization
). Education is 'to draw out'. This means facilitating realisation of self-potential and latent talents of an individual.
The education of an individual human begins at birth and continues throughout life. Some believe that education begins even before birth, as evidenced by some parents' playing music or reading to the baby in the womb in the hope it will influence the child's development. For some, the struggles and triumphs of daily life provide far more instruction than does formal schooling (thus Mark Twain's admonition to "never let school interfere with your education"). Family members may have a profound educational effect — often more profound than they realize — though family teaching may function very informally; but formality only proves the education outside the family that is also being taught.
is a collective term for the scientific and cultural community engaged in higher education
, taken as a whole. The word comes from the akademeia
just outside ancient Athens
, where the gymnasium
was made famous by Plato
as a center of learning. The sacred space had formerly been an olive grove, hence the expression "the groves of Academe". By extension Academia
has come to connote the cultural accumulation of knowledge
, its development and transmission across generations and its practitioners. In the 17th century
popularized the term to describe certain types of institutions of higher learning. The English adopted the form academy
while the French adopted the forms academe
Some sociologists have divided, but not limited, academia into four basic historical types: ancient academia, early academia, academic societies and the modern university. There are at least two models of academia: a European model developed since ancient times, as well as an American model developed by Benjamin Franklin in the mid-18th century and Thomas Jefferson in the early 19th century.
Memorial Hall is the civil war monument that now serves as Sanders Theater and the Annenberg freshman dining hall at Harvard University.
Professor Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a fictional comic book superhero and founder of the X-Men in the Marvel Universe.
Throughout most of his comic book history, Xavier is paraplegic, although his body houses one of the world's most powerful mutant minds. A high-level telepath, Xavier can read, control and influence human minds. A scientific genius, he is also a leading authority on genetics, mutation and psionic powers.
In the X-Men Comics, Xavier founds Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (now called the Xavier Institute), which he designed to teach mutants to explore and control their powers.
||Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
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