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Education, instruction, learning, teaching: these are four words that refer to a universe that daily involves millions of human beings, from children and young people to adults.
It is a controversial topic that has involved countless discussions for many centuries.
Many governments do not seem very interested in investing large sums in this universe, but strangely, or not, the most developed countries seem to be the ones that have invested the most over the last few centuries in education.
What distinguishes or characterizes these four words and these four concepts?
Going to the etymological origin gives us curious clues about the meaning of each of these words.
Education: a long walk
The word education is associated with the concept of creating and seeing development while “instruction” is associated with the idea of adjustment.
Like this, education it emerges as a broader concept of a process that develops, over a long period, as someone who accompanies and contributes to the development of a human being.
In a different way, instructing implies pressure on someone and that translates into an adjustment.
Instruction: shape the other?
According to Henri-Irene Marou the concept of instruction in Semitic languages it was associated with the concept of punishment, as if the act of instructing necessarily implied pressure that could lead to punishment. There is an ancient text on papyrus, in which Egyptian disciples thanked the masters for the lashes they received during the instruction process they received.
Learning: a strange absorption?
Learnit is associated with the act of absorbing or appropriating something new that would not be internalized. A learning It can take place with or without guidance. We learn a lot on our own or learn from someone specific or learn from a wider group of people our age.
Finally, the act of to teach follows a path parallel to that of instructing, although it has a broader scope.
But, is it just that?
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