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Relationships between learning, schooling, and education

Three authors all deal with issues concerning the relationships between learning, schooling, and education generally. What is your interpretation of these authors' meanings, any similarities which you may see among them, and the personal meanings which any or all of them may have for you?

"Education is an admirable thing, but nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."
Oscar Wilde, 19th century Anglo-Irish playwright and man of letters

"To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance."
Jeremy Taylor, 17th century English clergyman

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
Mark Twain, 19th century American author

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"Education is an admirable thing, but nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."
Oscar Wilde, 19th century Anglo-Irish playwright and man of letters

Oscar Wilde is understood to use sarcasm and satire in his writing. This quote certainly is a good example of his typical wit. Here, he is suggesting that students should inherently know all that they will need to succeed in the world in which they live. There is a biting criticism of education here too. It is suggested that we should admire education though it is useless. In fact, Wilde even goes so far as to ...

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