To be educated: commonly defined as being smarter than your peers. Although most people would say the more educated you are, the better you are, it is often used as a tool to make fun of and discourage those who took the time to seek intelligence. For centuries this has been the case. From biblical times, to mid-evil times, to even modern times, it has been constantly argued what it means to be educated. Some believe that claiming education means hold certification. Others think that it means being able to communicate what you know or how you think. Ultimately, the author of this column, appearing in The Magnolia Potpourri on October 29th 2014, believes that sound judgment, mercy, and humility to be the marks of education. It becomes apparent that the audience this was written for includes somebody who not only has somewhat of an idea of what it means to be educated, but has a grasp on Christian beliefs. In the second paragraph, the author references an ancient Greek play. Although she does explain it, it is arguable that somebody who is not interested, or haven’t put a lot of thought into what it means, would stop reading at this point. At the beginning of the column the author talks about her son. She is looking to write to parents, who face the issue of deciding what they need to teach their children. Later in the article, The Bible is suddenly brought up. This further tightens the target audience as those with knowledge of religion and those who understand references to
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Knowledgeable, educated, and wise have become descriptive characteristics that have become seemingly interchangeable in today’s society. However, what does it mean to be educated, wise or knowledgeable? In the article “The Educated Student: Global Citizen or Global Consumer” by Benjamin Barber, he says “…young people were exposed more and more to tutors other than teachers in their classrooms or even those who were in their churches, their synagogues-and today their mosques as well.” (417). It is suggested that the places where these characteristics are obtained have changed with industrialization and capitalism. “The Student and the University (from the Closing of the American Mind)” by Allen Bloom directly postulates from the vantage
Aristotle said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” What does it really mean to be educated? Many people thought that they knew what education meant, even I felt confident in myself to define education. However, the ideas discussed in class really made me question my definition of education. My definition has changed within the past few weeks as I discovered more about education. I am here to present my definition of education; with the lack of resources, one can still become educated by learning the unknown and putting your knowledge to good use.
In the United States, there has been, and always will be a debate on education.While some feel it is very important and crucial to success, others feel it is unessential to our happiness and well being. Many assume that education and success are directly associated with intellectualism. In this essay, I will review the current trend in research on intellectualism, which many feel is to enforce pursuing a higher education, due to a common belief among the American people that those who do not receive a higher education are seemingly less intelligent. Research on this topic increasingly suggests that those who receive a higher education, tend to make more money, rating them as more successful in the eyes of
John Spayde’s article What Does it Mean to Be Educated (June 1998) offers insight into the world of philosophical questions and studies of our educational system. Spayde shares and responds to the opinions of different novelists, journalists, professors, and colleges that have taken a stance on what it means to be educated. His article briefly covers topics such as; educational decisions, financial division, entitlement, humanities, and technology. Spayde also discusses the importance of being connected and learning from a real-life experience. Spayde believes that having a connection to the world around you allows you to use any experience as a learning mechanism to further your education.
Academic work should not define intelligence nor should a job define ability; a person, regardless of grades, degrees, or job title, is an intellect. Together, Gerald Graff, a coauthor of They Say I say, professor, and former anti-intellect, author of "Hidden Intellectualism," and Mike Rose, professor, author, and in depth thinker, author of "Blue-Collar Brilliance," share two different perspectives on what an intellect truly is. Yet, both writings hold meaningful points and experiences to prove who qualifies to be an intellect. Society continuously focuses on what leads to a successful and rounded life: go to school, graduate, go back to school, get a degree, and then a job. It is believed that these high expectations of higher academics enables one to be more successful is correct; however, it is not. It is a person’s individual goals that give them the success they wish to have whether that be education, volunteering, or donating. Also, street smarts is not to be overlooked; a person with common sense can know more than a Doctor. Typically, a person can have either common sense or intelligence, not both. Street smarts is, without a doubt, a superior quality to possess as it encompasses more in life than just a degree does. For example, it is more appropriate to know how to cross a street properly in life than know how to perform a craniotomy. Furthermore, one does not gain knowledge and life lessons through school alone, but through experience,
Aristotle once said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” This quote means that an educated mind tolerates all ideas and does not necessarily have to accept it. An educated mind considers all things with respect and base on logic and reasoning. This is what Aristotle believes to be educated. I can relate to Aristotle’s quote in many ways. Many times I've come across situations where Aristotle’s quote is proven to be relatable. For instance, there are times in arguments where there are times in arguments where I would not agree to what the other person is saying but quickly jump to my point. This kind of behavior is not what an educated mind should do. But instead, you have to be good
Choices can make or break us depending on what we do. That is what Jon Spayde attempts to convey to his audience in his 1998 Unte Reader article, “What Does it Mean to Be Educated?” He goes through many examples and arguments that could possible answer this “surprisingly tricky and two-sided question” (Spayde paragraph 1). Although the actual arguments he poses throughout his article, he uses the rhetorical devices – ethos, pathos and logos, to get his readers to accept his purpose.
Regarding the article, there’s aspects from both my personal experience, and my assumptions in general, that make me both agree and disagree with his statement. I’ll touch on how religious education ruined my relationship with my parents, how education can bring you closer to your parents, and why your relationship with your parents is almost entirely in your control.
What does it mean to be well educated? To be well educated it is a balance between academics and practical knowledge. Throughout this paper I will show that one does not necessarily need a college degree to be deemed as well educated. I will explore both aspects of academics and practical knowledge and how it affects individuals.
Education plays a very significant role when it comes to completing the identity that you would want to be in the future. It’s a cloth that we wear in order to make an appeal to everyone we meet on a daily basis. It serves as our identity that will carry your name in any establishment you may go. Education is considered as a vital component to say that you’re a rational being who’s capable of competing with the ever-widening and toilsome challenges along the road as we grow up. It introduces us into different aspects of what we call life in order to hone us and shape us into the best person that we could become. But what makes a person educated? What makes a person successful? Does education really make one person successful? Is the correlation
What does it mean to be an educated person? An educated person is a well-rounded person that is knowledgeable in not just one area. It is a person that is open to new ideas and able to interact with various people. Someone that is educated is able to learned about our background and history and passes it down for future generations to learned and obtained that knowledge. Culture is the most important part of ones education. Many of the customs, attitudes, and beliefs of one group is what let one person be able to acquire the knowledge others countries, educators, and society is trying to teach them.
ideas and feelings and can use them to draw over all conclusions to answer the
To illustrate this point, Avramovich, (2014) notes that an English teacher no longer teaches literacy and appreciation of knowledge utilizing a wide assortment of classical texts, some of which contain religious references or cultural components that may potentially be offensive. Instead, the English teacher must focus on the development of skills related to the reading of nonfiction texts (2014), which are a major component of the national tests. These classic texts, Schultz (2016) offers, guide learning towards a deeper understanding of the “truths of the human condition.” Consequently, for Christian teachers of private, public or home-schooled environments, fear the standards will force them to follow these Common Core baselines so that students may go on to the next grade level (Theriot, 2014), thus stifling any flexibility or freedom.
Alfie Kohn’s essay “What does it mean to be well-educated?” begins on a personal note using his wife as an example to substantiate his hypothesis. Encountering Alisa at the very beginning of the essay was indeed a refreshing way to initiate thought into a subject not often considered. Today not everyone ponders the real relevance behind education nor does anyone contemplate just how much of education is needed to be
The term ‘education’ can mean many things. An education is the collective knowledge a person has, but what does an education mean? Although an education can be paid for, no one can physically give you an education, so it is not a gift. There are societal situations where an education is a necessity, but not many globally. Education is a tool to be utilized differently in every part of the world. Knowledge is power, but some knowledge is more powerful depending on your region. If you are part a primitive tribe in New Guinea, a person that is considered to be educated may be illiterate. Whereas in America, an illiterate person would have trouble functioning at all in society. Education is a tool that is to be