The 15 Best Compare And Contrast Essay Topics On Education


Though human societies have been teach their children (and adults!) for millennia, we still seem to learn more and more about how to help people learn. (Pity nobody can teach us everything there is to know about teaching!) Often, education is rooted in differences: Different goals, students, means, and outcomes… This makes education as a topic a great source of compare and contrast essays. Here are our favourites to get you started on writing a great essay.

  1. Didactic and Dialectic: Consider two approaches to instruction. One, where facts are presented for memorization, the second, where the exploration of self-reasoned arguments are encouraged.
  2. Rhyme and Reason: How does education differ when it aims to impart reasoning ability, versus when it aims to impart occupation skills?
  3. Young and Old: Do youngsters and adults learn best when taught differently?
  4. Rich and Poor: In countries that can afford to spend more on education, how do the outcomes differ from poorer nations?
  5. East and West: Collectivist cultures and individualistic cultures teach their children differently. How?
  6. IQ and EQ: Schools may pursue the objective of socialisation, and the development of an “emotional quotient”. How do the lessons differ from those given to improve the “intelligence quotient”?
  7. See and Hear: How do different learning modalities, in the context of the learning content, affect the speed, quality, and longevity of the lessons learned?
  8. Formal and informal: Compared to the roots of formal education in the capitalist industrial revolution, how do the goals, mechanisms, and results of informal education compare?
  9. Heterodoxy versus Orthodoxy: How does the myriad of “alternative” educational systems differ from the common models in use today? Where they always alternative?
  10. Art and Science: Skills in the “hard” subjects like mathematics and physics are often valued more than those in the “soft” subjects like art. How does this reveal itself in the teachers, students, philosophies, and outcomes?
  11. Big or Small: Instruction may range from one-on-one to very large groups. Compare and contrast.
  12. Work or Play: Is a false dichotomy drawn between “work” and “play”, when in fact both present critical opportunities to learn? Are the lessons they teach, different?
  13. Parent, Teacher: In what ways are parents at an advantage, or disadvantage, compared to professional teachers?
  14. Pedagogue, or Guide: How do the approaches differ, and how might that guide teachers in adopting particular styles for particular contexts?
  15. Public or Private: Distinguishing how schools are funded and managed, can any generalisations be fairly drawn between public and private institutions?