Learning Inside or Outside the Classroom

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“He who studies books alone will know how things ought to be, and he who studies men will know how they are.

Learning is one of the most important things we do in life. It starts pretty much when we’re born. In fact, many say learning begins earlier. We listen to the outside sounds. Our ears get used to the different patterns of intonation. This is when we first start learning a language. Learning is a lifelong process. We spend our childhood years doing nothing but learning. We learn a language before we are two. We learn how to play and do all the everyday things people do. Most people think learning only begins at school. I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THIS. I think a lot of learning happens outside school. We learn more from our hobbies and interests and the society than what we learn from school books.

Education in the real world doesn’t have mandatory attendance. Opportunities are there, there’s no question about that, but you need to be in charge of waking up in the morning and learning something new and exciting. In real life, you will not be tested on paper or in an exam room; you’ll be tested on mental capability, quick response. You will have problems, but not problem sets. You will have access to information, but no one will tell you what is important. Education in a classroom is like petrol to a car, whereas education outside is like the engine with propels the car forward through the boulevard of life.

Education outside of the classroom is often just as valuable if not more as the lessons children learn from textbooks. Hands-on learning and community involvement often allow young minds to expand their horizons and explore topics that are not offered in school. Moreover, such activities allow students to apply classroom education in the outside world.

In history we have some many examples of people who have proved that school education isn’t compulsory to achieve greatness. Taking our own Akbar for example, at a mere age of thirteen, when he...
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