Variable: Education (schools)

Individual Homo sapiens are born into the world sorely lacking in the knowledge needed to survive, adapt, and interact with others. Hence, education (the transmission of knowledge) is a ubiquitous collective challenge: We must educate our young. While significant learning takes place in the home and on the streets, the educational institution functions largely through the school system, including public and private schools, teachers, school boards, and parent organizations (Bidwell and Friedkin 1988). Education can be measured as a density (teacher/student ratios), and input (dollars expended per student), and an output (percentage of high school seniors graduating). Changes in the educational system directly impact other components of the social system (such as the timing of leisure activities, distribution of knowledge, availability of skilled labor). Dramatic changes in the institution (such as school consolidation) can have significant effects on the entire human ecosystem.

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