Qualities of an Educated Person

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  1. MrsC

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    "What are the qualities of an educated person?"
    In a course I am taking, we needed to reflect upon this question. I've put down some initial thinking, which I will reflect upon and revise for my first assignment after I finish all of the reading for the first module of study. It's an interesting question--what do you all think?
     
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    Qualities of an educated person...an open mind.
     
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    Just quickly off the top of my head -

    *someone who never stops learning
    *willing to admit when they don't know something
     
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    A willingness to listen to both/all sides of an argument
    The use of logic and critical thinking skills
    A commitment to lifelong learning
    The ability to verbalize and demonstrate steps in a process
     
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    The qualities of an educated person vary depending on how, where and in what he was educated.

    I believe that education is worthless without intelligence. What you know is only relevant if you have the ability to put that knowledge to use. The basic qualities of education accompanied by intelligence are a working knowledge of a given field, the ability to view that field of knowledge in relation to the rest of the world, the ability to apply knowledge to a situation, the ability to develop a hypothesis when a problem presents in the area of expertise, and the ability to find answers to questions that arise in the course of applying the knowledge.

    Education in and of itself means that you have learned or have been taught various skills, techniques and facts. Again, useless if not applied.
     
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    OK as soon as I read your question I thought of that scene in Pride and Prejudice. . .:love:

    My thought: An educated person is someone who is able to function within and contribute to society in a meaningful fashion.

    . . . (I realize that sounds fuzzy and subjective, but I personally believe that not all educated people will look the same). . .
     
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    My first thought was an open mind. I really like bcblue's response too. I don't think that "educated" always means academics. I think that it can mean life experiences.
    I also think that a qualitiy of an educated person is questioning. Someone has a quote on the bottom of their posts that says something about the dissenter is the person who steps out of the group to question, or something of that nature. I think that is a quality of an educated person.
    Sorry I am rambling! :)
     
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    Hey! That quote is Cassie's! See her post for the correct version. :)
     
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    :lol:
     
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    That is a pretty good answer.

    Quite honestly, this is somewhat of a subjective question so there will be a lot of answers. The constantly inquisitive nature is a good thing to have though regardless of what the definition of an educated person.
     
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    Thanks for your input, everyone. I'm going to refer back to this thread as I go through the readings that will help me refine my initial response to this question.

    Here were my initial thoughts--just brainstorming, not organized yet:
    -be able to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
    -display ability to apply knowledge to new situations and make connections with new learning
    -be technologically and mathematically literate
    -be able to communicate their learning and understanding clearly
    -be able to reflect upon their learning and knowledge, recognizing strengths and areas of need
    -be able to recognize and respect the thoughts and opinions of others.
     
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    be technology and mathmatically literate is biased

    Everybody has multiple intelligences and that may not be one of them.
     
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    I was thinking that being able to demonstrate functional literacy in those areas lends itself to society's view of someone as "educated". If the cashier in the drugstore doesn't know how to begin to help me if the cash register is down, or if I suddenly dig out a quarter from the bottom of my purse and give $20.25 instead of $20.00 to pay for my $17.20 purchase and they stare at me blankly I do (perhaps wrongly) make a judgement.

    All of these ideas may not be on my "final list"--they are just things that came to mind. Thanks for giving me something else to consider, cutNglue!
     
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    I'm with you MrsC. The cashier example is a prime example of my definition of the "dumbing down of America".

    It scares me to see that the things I was taught in elementary school have gone by the wayside. It's the reading and comprehension skills that have enabled me to have a successful career, and that is being taken away from children.

    The kids are being used a guinea pigs, to test the latest hair brained notion of how children learn. This is being done by removing the proven (although not always perfect methods) that have worked in the past, and replacing them with unproven, and as we can readily see around us, unsuccessful methods. It is the move away from the basics that has the general population feeling that the education system is "failing an entire generation".

    In that regard, the educational community is getting an education above and beyond our classroom education.
     
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    I am considered highly intelligent, creative, self-motivated, talented, educated, etc.

    Yet, (don't tell anybody) I would be a dumb cashier. I can do practical math. I am stellar at budgeting but I can't do any of it really in my head or quickly. It takes me time for me. I certainly don't excel nor have intelligence relating to mathematical skills but I promise I shine in many other ways and I'm certainly not your dumbing down America candidate. (Yes, I realize the hypocricy in my own judging of people who do this.)

    Let's explore technology. That is also an age-biased. The Sign Language Specialist who works in the classroom next to me is abundantly talented and can hold many highly intelligent conversations that will make you really think. Yet, she is terrible with computers. Our behavior specialist, probably a person I MOST look up to in my building, is worse. She has to send emails all day and that's about all she can do. She saw one of my newsletters I typed and nabbed me to confess and beg for help. Both of these ladies are older. While many older people are very technology savvy, the gap is still there. Including a statement of requiring a person to be technology literate in order to be educated does a lot of people injustice. (Amazingly one of my sisters (26 yrs old) is TERRIBLE with computers).

    P.S. I'm not insulting you. I wanted to clarify that because sometimes it is hard to tell on here. I'm just giving you more food for though and hopefully starting a healthy debate.
     
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    Upon further reflection, I was thinking that this response should really center around TRAITS an educated person has, not specific skills.
     
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    As I began my readings yesterday, I have already started to refine my ideas in a certain way. The prompt I started this thread with was all we had to go by for our initial brainstorming. I was somewhat torn because I couldn't decide whether to think about adults or adolescents. While many of the qualities and traits are similar, I think that our students will require certain skills (technology) in order to prepare them for the world in which they will be living. My sense, at this point, is that my paper will focus, as you said, cutNglue, more on traits than skills.

    I appreciate the feedback and input, cutNglue; I don't think you're being insulting at all. I do appreciate all the input; some of your ideas are clarifying what I have already and others are giving me more to think about.
     
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    MrsC. I too think it is a good idea to go with traits and skills. The first few posts 2, 3, and 4 on here along with most of yours have the ideas I was thinking of. You could also look at what many of us say what we want kids to get out their education and work with that: to grow emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially eventually maturing into well-balanced lifelong learners and outstanding citizens.

    It really does make you ponder.

    Lemon
     
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    CutNGlue,

    The cashier example really relates to being able to count to 100 in order to make change. It doesn't require calculus skills. It is the basics that I see missing in many people.

    As far as technology, I am very much in favor of it. My minor is in information systems, and I've done a lot of work designing and installing systems in manufacturing environments. However, I argue that the people using the systems must understand what the system is doing. The systems are merely a tool, and is quite worthless without an underlying comprehension of the transactions.

    As far as traits of highly educated people, you're going to run the gamut. You have highly educated people who have high and low IQs, high and low technical ability, high and low reading comprehension skills, high and low math skills, learning disabilities, handicaps and a myriad of other variables. What they have in common is determination and the ability to learn. The unequal aspect is the quantity of teaching methods available to them.

    We are back to my original assertion that the qualities of an educated person are dependent upon where, how and in what he is educated.
     
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    Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems to me that qualities of an educated person should reflect learned skills.

    Educated means taught. We aren't born with an education like we might be born with an affinity and talent for music or athletics. We learn stuff along the way, and that's what we need to demonstrate in order to show that we are educated.
     
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    Oh, and the word "educated" comes from the Latin word duco, ducere, duxi, ductus which means to lead. An educated person is one having been led. By definition, an education requires another person or institution to do the leading.
     
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    One of my professors taught us that an educated person knows to question everything -- do not believe everything you are told; instead, find out for yourself.
     
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    Thanks for this tidbit, Cassie. As this is an initial activity in a course which will qualify me to teach grades 7-10, I sense that our readings and inquiry will lead us to reflect upon what we need to be teaching our students in order to send them out into the world as "educated people".
     
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    May Expand on your thought
    An educated person is one having been led. By definition, an education requires another person or institution to do the leading.
    yes but now after being lead the educated person is a leader......
     
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    It should reflect learned skills but the actual learned skills varies from person to person. How about adding this as part of the definition:

    An educated person constantly questions things (as another poster stated), seeks out answers from reliable resources, reaches new conclusions and consistently applies them. An educated person commits to a life of livelong learning submitting themselves to professional development and/or other forms of research to attain the knowledge or growth they wish to pursue.
     

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