What’s the difference between training and education? The U.S. Army says …

Training prepares individuals for certainty. Education prepares individuals for uncertainty.

Training enables action. Education enables agility, judgment, and creativity.

Training prepares individuals and organizations by developing the skills, functions, and teamwork necessary to accomplish a task or mission successfully; Education, in contrast, provides intellectual constructs and principles that allows individuals to apply trained skills beyond a standard situation to gain a desired result.

Training is generally associated with “what to do.” Education is associated with “how to think.”

[The first sentence was cited by TongJi University president Pei Gang, at a reception at the Aalto Design Factory in Espoo, Finland, on February 10, 2011. The full text is available at http://usacac.army.mil/blog/blogs/reflectionsfromfront/archive/2009/01/29/fm-7-0-training-and-education.aspx ]