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The Runaway Son by Brent Staples Book Report/Review

Category: Miscellaneous Pages: 3 Type: Book Report/Review Level: College
(Brent, 1994; Pp 285 - 292)

Inequality is another important theme that helps the boy in this story learn. He forms his basis for learning upon the things he sees and perceives around him through the reactions of people to those things. This is where his experience begins in the story. But how do experiences structure any kind of learning Usually, it has been believed that the education system begins at home, for example involving the learning of specific sets of values. To begin with, the role of experience and learning from the same in one's life is one that fulfils the need to belong. This sense of belonging rises from one's immediate environment where there is focus on the values that one is born into and more characteristics like culture, region, and terrain. It should, of course, be acknowledged that not all learning in the home will necessarily be helpful as sometimes children can learn behaviours from parents that are not acceptable in wider society like to be racist or sexist. Experience offers people first-hand knowledge of a variety of symbols that come to be associated with a certain place or time. (Brent, 1994; Pp 285 - 292)

In the story, the young boy sees his sister Christi's injuries due to burns and his life comes to a standstill at the doctor's office where the story begins. His father's drinking further adds to his perception of the disorder that one can easily fall into in one's life. This helps the boy develop an affinity towards the informal means of learning. Informal education begins in a person's life from the time he or she is born and continues throughout lifespan. Also, it is related to everyday life via work, family and leisure activities, and usually does not lead to certification. Formal education through an educational