School is something that we all know and understand, as we all have to go there as children whether we like it or not. It means very different things to very different people, though. In the USA, any educational establishment can be described as a school, when as in the UK, school is a place you go to up to the age of 16. A school is also a group of fish, although we will focus on the educational establishment in this essay.
For me, school is primarily a place to learn and to improve my chances of success in my career and life as a whole. It’s a place to better myself, not just for the good grades, but for the satisfaction of knowing that I’m a better for going through it. School doesn’t just teach you facts and academic skills, but disciple, social and communication skills, leadership and so many more things too. Other people aren’t interested in what they can get out of school, though, and see it as a place to socialize, become popular, have lots of boyfriends or girlfriends and have a good time. Having friends and fitting in is probably an important part of school for everyone though, be they popular and carefree or hardworking and academic.
For some children and young people, school is so much more than these trivial things. School can be a place of safety, perhaps from an abusive home life, or for children in third world countries, as a way of avoiding dangerous manual labor from a young age and giving themselves the best chance to have a better future than they would have otherwise. For many such children, school can also be the place where they get their only hot meal of the day, or even their only meal full stop, and it offers the only opportunity they will ever have to learn to read and write, count and add up.
On the other hand, for some children, school can be the total opposite of a safe place. For those being bullied or perhaps even being abused by a teacher, school can be a living hell, a place that children and young people would do anything to avoid, even if it means getting in trouble. School can leave some youngsters feeling vulnerable, lacking in self-esteem and even totally hopeless about their lives.
In conclusion, there is no single definition that can be given to describe school. Although the basics of it are set (it’s a place where you go to learn), how it works, what it looks like, and what it means for different people can vary greatly. Ultimately, any definition of school will be dependent on the person’s own experience of it.
A school is a place where people go to learn about topics like reading, writing and mathematics. In a school, one or more teachers help students to learn.
In many places around the world, all children have to go to school for a certain number of years. Learning may take place in the classroom, in outside environments or on visits to other places. Colleges and universities are places to learn for students over 17 or 18.Vocational schools teach skills people need for jobs.
Some people attend school longer than others. This is because some jobs require more training than others. For young children, one teacher is able to teach all subjects. Teachers for older students are often specialized and they only teach a few subjects. Common subjects taught include science, arts such as music, humanities, like geography and history, and languages.
Children with mental issues which are difficult to handle are not required to go to regular schools. These children are given other ways to get schooling. There also are special schools which teach things which regular schools do not.
Graduate schools are for students who have graduated from college.
Schools for boys and schools for girls[change | change source]
Education for all is quite modern. In England, for example, most people could not read or write, even in the 18th century. We know this because when they got married, those who could not write put an 'X' on the certificate, and someone else wrote their name. Mass education for reading and writing began in the 19th century.
Originally, in most countries, boys were taught differently and separately from girls. Some schools are for boys and some schools are for girls; they only accept boys, or girls, but not both. Long ago, most schools were run by religious denominations. That is because clerics were once almost the only people who were literate. Since there are only men in a monastery, this was often also true for the school, which only accepted boys. Going to a school also meant learning about religion. Some places still do not have schools for girls.
School as a place to learn for life[change | change source]
In many parts of the world, schools also help children learn things about life.
- In school, pupils develop their personality.
- Schools teach pupils about religion and ethics.
- Schools help people recognise socially accepted norms and behaviour.
Pedagogy is the science of teaching children. There are different approaches to teaching. Similarly, certain schools use different approaches. There is quite a lot of disagreement about what and how students should be taught. Many countries solve this by allowing different types of school, so parents and children have some choice.
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- ↑Sometimes, especially higher education, teachers are called "professors"
- ↑In some countries they are also informally called "schools".
- ↑Woodhead, Chris 2002. Class war: the state of British education. London: Little Brown. ISBN 0-316-85997-4