Formal education is good, and has a place. Once upon a time, it was illegal to teach slaves to read; they were determined to read because they had one Book in mind to read. Often when question, Jesus responded "Have you not read"? Proverbs was written by one of the wisest men to ever walk the earth, King Solomon. This King ask the Lord for Wisdom, and His request was granted. Solomon writes of the importance of Wisdom, and Knowledge. So, what is the highest Degree? Understanding. This word is often interchanged with Discernment.