Pros And Cons Of Education In The Old Man And The Sea

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Experiential Learning Versus Formal Education In this novel written by Ernest Hemingway, a little boy is taught ideal life skills from an old fisherman. In The Old Man and The Sea, knowledge is gained through experience. Manolin, the little boy, does not go to school but is very educated about fishing. He learned the ways through the experienced fisherman, Santiago. There are many pros and cons to both experimental learning and formal education. With experimental learning, a person can gain common sense and not be directly told word for word how the world goes along. This type of education can also bring people closer in relationships. Life lessons and stories can be told from person to person and passed down to coming up generations. On the other hand, in formal education you are lectured by an instructor and given assignments to complete in most cases. This way of learning can be either negative or positive for students.
There are many pros to learning from experience. In Manolin’s situation, he has been learning how to properly fish with Santiago since he was five. The young boy would go fishing with the old man the majority of days and learn the great ways. By learning from experience, Manolin learned how to survive. Since he knows how to fish, he can feed himself and others. A school is not going to teach students how to fish. Including hands-on activities will help someone out in the long run. If you go to a school for twelve to fourteen years of your life, when you

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