Defining Primary Education

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The definition of primary education generally includes the early grades of education from kindergarten to fifth grade or those years spent with one classroom and teacher, as opposed to the multiple teachers in secondary school. Find out how primary education varies internationally with information from a writing instructor and former classroom teacher in this free video on education.

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Hi, I'm Laura from and I'm going to give a definition of primary education. Primary education is usually the early grades beginning with kindergarten or first grade up to fifth grade. This varies internationally. Different countries approach the ages at which students have compulsory education and how many years that entails, but in the United States it's generally kindergarten through fifth grade. Usually primary education is defined by a classroom with one teacher as opposed to the secondary grades where the students generally have a variety of teachers, and generally primary education is focused on obtaining literacy and numeracy, so kids are engaged in learning the basic information about reading and our language and numbers. So that's a little bit of an idea of the definition of primary education.


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