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What Is The Difference Between Education And Training?

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In its Latin origin, education means "leading out." Strictly speaking, education is about developing a person's potential, helping them to discover the abilities that they have and giving them the tools to use them. In the late medieval Renaissance, a distinction used to be made between a "liberal" and a "servile" or "mechanical" education. A liberal education was about culture, created a civilised and learned person, while a mechanical education was closer to what we would nowadays call training; teaching specific practical skills, to be used for specific and limited purposes. Traces of this distinction can still be found in Britain and other countries, though in Britain it is less clear since the decline of the grammar/ secondary modern school system. This system advocated "education" (ie, culture) for a minority and "training" (practical, often manual skills) for the rest. In Germany, for instance, a similar system to this one is still practised, though the aim is to provide a broader grounding for all students.
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Training is a form of learning undertaken to achieve a specific goal or acquire a specific skill/ set of skills. It's usually measured against a set standard; when you've reached the standard, you are considered trained.

Learning is increasing your knowledge through study or practice; you can learn a specific skill, but the word is usually used more generally to imply increased knowledge eg "learning curve."

Education comes from the Latin words for "to lead out" - properly speaking, education is about drawing out and maximising your potential and talents. However it's usually used to mean a whole system of imparting knowledge, ethics, culture etc (typically, but not always, in young people) and includes both learning and training.

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