In today’s society， education is really important. Education has evolved a lot over time and has greatly shaped American society. Back in the old days， education was not that important， because many jobs did not have educational requirements. In those days， you could have a high school diploma and get a good job. Today， if you only have a high school diploma， the types of jobs that you can get are restricted(受限制的)to fast food restaurant cashiers (收银员) or even construction workers. Getting a college degree is very essential to your success and your opportunity to get a good job that pays well.
The term “lifelong learning” indicates that learning does not stop at the end of compulsory education (义务教育). It is a continuous process and can continue throughout a person’s life. The use of the word “learning” as opposed to “education” suggests a difference between the formal framework (框架) of compulsory education required of children and young people and the more relaxed learning environment enjoyed by adults.
段落大意：个人学习习惯和思维的差异决定了每个人都有不同的学习方式。 Each of us learns and absorbs information in different ways. Many teachers simply talked to us， and we answered their questions. Schools taught in such a way and didn’t assist or encourage us to learn in our unique ways. There are many different techniques to classify learning styles such as perceptual modality (感知模式) and information processing(信息加工). Perceptual modalities define biologically-based reactions to our physical environment and represent the most efficient way we adopt data. By learning our perceptional(认知的)style， we can seek out information most directly. Information processing distinguishes the way we sense， think， solve problems， and remember information. Each of us has a preferred， consistent and distinct way of perceiving(感知)， organizing， and retaining(保存)information.