I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain is right. School and education are two different things. There are things we learn in school that may sometimes be contrary to things that we learn or experience outside. Mark Twain reminds us that we sometimes need to forgo what we learned in school for what the world has to teach us. There are some things that we just can’t learn in school. That is why we need to learn from all of our experiences.
Let’s take English for example. Learning English should not be just confined to the four walls of the classroom. It needs to be taken outside. It must become a lifestyle. It must go beyond “schooling.” A true English education, or learning English, must extend to conversations with friends outside of the classroom. When a student has an environment conducive to learning English, they become more proficient.