“Education is what people do to you. Learning is what you do for yourself”
Joi Ito

What are Education and Learning?

The above quote gives us the fundamental idea of the difference between the two.
One can be self-directed but supported; the other is led and caused. One is driven by curiosity and the joy of discovery; the other is metered and measured. One is streamlined; the other has a diversity of choices. One comes with a standardized curriculum; the other starts with individuals and communities of similar interests.


Education around the world starts at some formal institute where you abide by the rules of engagement. You listen to the teacher, jump through the hoops and get your reward in the form of accreditation. While many people flourish in this system, many others don’t. “Education” is a broad term that can have many meanings, but it is generally defined as the process of learning and acquiring information. Formal learning in a school or university is one of the most common types, though self-teaching and so-called “life experiences” can also qualify.


Learning starts with individuals and communities. And it’s something we do almost every day; at home, at school, at work, through the internet. The desire to learn comes naturally and with the desire to learn something, accomplishment comes naturally. Learning is progressive as it is always in the process of happening. It causes changes in a person and changes cause further learning.