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Books in Education

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It is said that "Not everything that is learned is contained in books".

Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write at least 250 words.


Books are very important for education, but they don't contain all necessary knowledge. Sometimes you need to escape from reading a textbook and try to do something by yourself. In that case you can learn the material much faster.

The advantage of books is that they contain information in a structured way. All pieces of knowledge are presented in a certain order, are divided into chapters. So, we can go from simple subjects to complex ones.

Humanity uses books to learn all its history. All our knowledge is contained in books. Most books are written in such way that they can be used in self-education processes. Because of that, well educated people collect home libraries on topics they are interested in. We shouldn't forget that a book has an author who tried to make the assimilation of knowledge easier and smoother for the reader.

Well-organized people even write their own life books. I mean their diaries. In them they record important information, structure it and highlight important pieces. A good diary helps you to work.

But using only books isn't enough for education. If you don't use knowledge that you received from a book, you will forget it in a few months. You need practice to memorize the information by heart.

With books you will never learn any physical activity. You can read 100 times how to dance, but it is enough to watch once. You won't be able to fully understand how to drive a car, how to do surgery, how to fly a plane, how to play tennis or how to sing just using a book. Thus, a book is only one necessary tool in learning, but not a complete tool.

Another argument against books is that the writers try to construct an ideal system in their books and therefore miss details. Real situations are more complex than the examples described in textbooks.

To sum up, I think it's best to combine books and other ways of learning. In this case, a student will always have a structured picture of knowledge and practical skills.

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