“The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together.” ~Eric Hoffer
Education truly is a life long enriching process. There is no prescribed age limit for achieving knowledge and churning oneself through the process of education .In fact we are all learners at one stage or the other. But education in common parlance is understood to be imparting to the needs of children, adolescents and youth and so most of the discussion revolves around that stage of human life.
Secondly, education has different meaning and connotation for different school of believers. Some believe that real education exists beyond the confines of school curriculum. Other school of thought follows the line that purpose of education is more profound: the imparting of knowledge, positive judgement and well-developed wisdom. Education has also one of its fundamental aspects the imparting of culture from generation to generation. The most acceptable understanding about education is that it facilitates realisation of self-potential and latent talents of an individual. Similar essence is echoed from the thoughts of Socrates, the great Greek philosopher, who argued that education is about drawing out what was already within the student. Still the modern and practical view is that education is imparting of knowledge and life-skills which enables the child to fit in the system or which is needed by the structure. Thus, the biggest purpose of education according to modern view is to improve ability so that it can match with modern social requirements.