In the most basic sense, education refers to any act or experience that yields a formative effect on the character, mind or physical ability of an individual, particularly a child. In a technical sense, education refers to the process by which social functions deliberately transmit an accumulated knowledge, skill-set and system of values from one generation to another.
The foundation of the educational system is built by teaching professionals. Teachers in educational institutions are responsible for directing the education of students through the delivery of various educational resources as well as knowledge concerning a wide array of subjects including: reading, writing, science, history, health, mathematics etc.
The process of teaching a particular subject, which is commonly found at the non-elementary levels of education and carried-out by teachers or professors at institutions of higher learning, is referred to as schooling. Furthermore, there are also educational fields and institutions for those who want a more specific vocational skill-set or who would like to be educated in an informal setting. These institutions, such as museums, libraries and the Internet space can be an effective and more personal experience regarding the ability to obtain knowledge.
What is Secondary Education?
Secondary education refers to a specific stage of education; although the definitions vary regarding location, in the most general of definitions, secondary education refers to the stage of learning that directly follows primary school. In the majority of jurisdictions throughout the world, secondary education is the final stage of compulsory education. That being said, in some developed nations, secondary education can also refer to a period of compulsory and a period of non-compulsory (college or university work) education.
This level of education is typically characterized by the transition from the compulsory, comprehensive educational system offered to minors, to the optional or selective tertiary “higher” education for adults. With that in mind, secondary education, in the majority of developed nations, will include university and vocational schools, but depending on the systems, high schools, middle schools and prepatory schools may also be grouped in the secondary classification.
Secondary Education in the United States of America:
Based on the education program of the United States, secondary education is formally defined and comprised of grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 through 12. As a result of this classification system, secondary education will typically denote high school learning—although many jurisdictions will offer grades 6-8 in a middle school and 9-12 in a high school. Regardless of the jurisdictional system of schools, secondary education in the United States incorporates all learning achieved at grade levels 6 through 12.