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The Oxford Dictionary online defines the term “well-educated” as “having or showing a high level of education.” The opposite of “well-educated” according to Thesaurus.com includes antonyms such as “ignorant”, “unsophisticated”, “stupid”, and “uninformed”. Based on this dictionary definition, a person such as my girlfriend is well-educated since she earned two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and eventually a doctorate in Human Physiology. Does this definition imply that people who do not have advanced degrees are not well-educated? Since I have only a high school diploma and no advanced degrees, should I consider myself to be ignorant, unsophisticated, stupid, and uninformed? I will argue that being well-educated goes beyond the basic education attained during grade school and is not tied to the number of degrees earned, the prestige of the school, the number of discrete facts memorized, test scores on standardized tests, or any other measure of time spent in the classroom. Being well-educated is also not measured by standards of success in a career such as job skills, salary earnings, performance reviews, or job titles. Neither one of these standards includes the lifelong learning that occurs outside of the classroom. A more appropriate definition of being well-educated should include an ongoing desire to expand one’s knowledge and understanding of the world around us.
In his article, “What does it mean to be well-educated?”, Alfie Kohn states, “It’s not enough to
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