1)Positive Connotation:
The state of getting and or becoming "educated" therefore giving you the chance to succeed in life.
At it's most basic level, in the US, graduating from high school, or getting a General Equivalent Diploma. (Hey, if you don't have a diploma, eventually even Micky D's won't want you anymore if more qualified applicants show up. And if you can't read, write, or do basic artithmetic, you can't do a lot of things.)

However, in the United States, most "educated" people have been to a two or four year college and have some form of degree, thus making them elgible for at least slightly better jobs.

For this reason, many adults tell their kids to stay in school and get a good education, so they can be sucessful in life.

2)Negative connotation:
A system run by the state that screws you over, where you learn nothing of importance and must take tons of standardized tests while enduring a dumbed-down curriculum, the main focus being to keep the children just educated enough that they can grow up, take jobs, and become cogs in the wheels of the system, in what is inevitably an "assembly line" approach. In short, the Man's way of stifiling young creativity and brainwashing the youth of the nation.
1) "The reason I know the meaning of the word 'connotation' is because I go to school and get myself an education."

2) "Kids in the US often hate the education system, and feel it stifles their individuality and creativity. However, in third world nations, many kids would love the chance to go to school, even if it's crappy and state-run, because they're stuck working all day without minimum wage."
by killerfiller March 11, 2006
A way to keep children busy and to deprive them of a childhood
Why the heck to i have to have an education?
by pri August 24, 2004
Something those on this site have never heard of before.
Stop posting on this site and get yourselves and education.
by the voice of reason April 25, 2003
Something that is SERIOUSLY taken for granted here in America. Seriously, all you gotta do is go in with an open mind/positive attitude, do your work (try hard, and if you don't understand it, simply ask for help), pass the tests, and get your diploma. It's free, and it's worth it.
Kids in third-world countries would KILL to get an education, and here we are, acting like spoiled brats by thinking we gotta "conform to the system".
by MetalHead16 March 12, 2011
Something that one should receive to realize that America is a decent country. Also something that one should receive to live a good life. Oh sure, it's hellish, but it will serve you well in the long run. ^_~ this I know for a fact.
"You hate America? Sheesh get an education!"
by Dave March 31, 2004
Learning meaningful stuff while you're in school
"Say no to drugs, stay in school and get a good education."

Nancy Reagan's 1985 Anti-Drug campaign.
by Saints October 20, 2003
Dude. Fuck you all. Education may not be the "source of infinite happiness", or the most important thing in the god damn world, but you need it to survive in life, unless you want to take cock in your ass when you grow up. Education is important for when you get older, if you want to make money.

btw, and you complain and say "Oh! 18 years of shit!"

Ok, now you try starting school when you're 15, and trying to get a high-paying normal job (doctor, lawyer, etc) by the time you're 30. You have to start it early so you can get all that crap in your head before it's too late.
Someone: Oh, I'll become a NFL player! Just you see! Fuck education!
Me: ....sure.

*7 years later*

Someone: Hey, lookin for a good time?
Me: ....sure.
by you're all fuckin retarded. September 22, 2006
- Something we all need.
- Something we all hate.
- Something you won't succeed in life without (unless a "career" in retail, which caps off at store manager, is fine for you)
- Something we should not try to push on the others (like we do in US by giving double time to ADD/ADHD kids - lol ADD), because we do need people to bag our groceries and clean our bathrooms.
- Hey maaan, I hate school - I'ma go smoke weed and be retarded instead.
- Sure, w/e, just don't talk to me.

Employer for a good job: So what kind of education did you receive in your life, Mr.Whiny-ass loser?
Whiny-ass loser: Ugh... edjookaishon?
Employer: Next!
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