What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated Essay

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Gregorio Roblesvelez
Prof. Hartless
English101
04 April 2013

What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated?

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.
Practical knowledge is the knowledge that we acquire as small children and from our parents and from friends. This is also known as “street smarts”. This is the knowledge that tells us to look both ways before crossing the street and that something is hot or cold. This knowledge can go much deeper than
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What about the Amish people? This subculture of people quit school in the 8th grade, but they possess the skills to run successful businesses, raise livestock, run farms, and build some of the most elaborate and well made furniture. They live a simple life with no Google to search things just practical knowledge to get them by.
What about those individuals that are academically gifted but are unable to care for themselves, are they well educated? To be educated shouldn’t one be both academic and practical. I am not saying that one must possess a college degree because I know for some that this is not possible, and for some this opportunity may not come until later in life. One should possess basic knowledge that we obtain from school. We need to know about the past so that that following generations do not repeat it. We also need to know math and reading so that we can communicate as a society. Science, also important so that we understand how things function as a whole and why. As for practical knowledge, people need to know how to take care of themselves the basic survival needs. It goes back to the survival of the fittest. There are too many young adults being sent into the world unable to fend for themselves. They can’t cook, clean up after themselves or even do their own laundry.
My daughters are being taught different than most I want them to have both the academics and the practical knowledge needed to survive in this world and to be considered well
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