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What Is An Educated Person?

What Is An Educated Person?
The problem is that we are often confused and mistaken about what it truly means to be an educated person.

 

Do you know ... do you really know ... what it means to be an educated person?  We are told that it is a good thing to be an educated person. We are told that people who are educated can live better lives by getting better jobs and doing a lot of important things that require a good education. That's very true. The problem is that we are often confused and mistaken about what it truly means to be an educated person.

  • Is a person who manages to graduate from high school a truly educated  person? Maybe, but not necessarily so.
  • Is a person who graduates from a technical and career college an educated person? Maybe, but not necessarily so.
  • Is a person who graduates from college an educated person? Maybe, but not necessarily so.
  • Is school teacher or college professor a truly educated person? Probably, but not necessarily.

You see, education is not an accomplishment or a diploma. It is an attitude ... it is a way of approaching life.

One very popular misconception about truly educated people is that they know a lot of facts--the length of the Nile river, the correct spelling for an Aztec sun god, the mean temperature around the equator of Mars, the names of all the characters in the novel War in Peace.  This is not true. These are signs that a person has a good memory, but these are not indications that a person is well educated. There are people who can quote the entire Bible or the Guinness Book of World Records from memory, but that doesn't mean they are well educated. It fact, it doesn't necessarily mean they are very smart.

You see, education is not simply knowing a lot of facts.  It is an attitude ... it is a way of approaching life.

Okay, so what about people who are trained to do very complicated and delicate tasks?   Aren't they considered well educated?  Not necessarily. Well trained? Yes ... most certainly?  Computer programmers, for instance, should be well-trained in the necessary computer and programming skills, but they don't need to be well educated. It's nice if they are because it will better their careers and lives.

You see, education is not simply a matter of being well trained in a career skill. It is an attitude .. it is a way of approaching life.

The key to becoming a truly educated person is learning how to learn. And I don't mean learning how to pass exams, stuffing your head full of facts, or mastering a skill.  Some of your classmates at GED Prep are disappointed because we are not helping them play out their mistaken notions of education. In these classes, you are expected to learn how to learn -- how to find the information you need in order to accomplish a goal, how to struggle with difficult situations and still manage to grab onto knowledge and understanding. You need to plan you work, keep track of your accomplishments, interact with others in the same situations, and display your new-found levels of ability and understanding.

If you are content to be a trained seal who merely masters a couple of tricks for passing the GED, that's your business. You will be disappointed with your GED Prep experiences at Free-Ed.Net, though, because your classmates are being prepared for passing the GED, getting into college, and learning how to learn whatever they need for a more successful and rewarding life. It is sad to see a person going through life not having a clue about what they are missing.


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