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Discussion on: What does "educated" really mean?

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THE most important role education has to play is to raise well-informed and mature citizens who "grok" the world in which we live; are aware of humanity's important achievements - in the areas of culture, science, art, history; have a clue about "the great thoughts" of scientists, naturalists, philosophers, economists, politicians and historians; and are able to make conscious and well balanced choices in life.

A well educated person is not naive or gullible; is not readily brainwashed; is not easily misled by hoaxes, cyber criminals, "fake news" or political propaganda; and is able to tell conspiracy theories and fairy tales apart from science and fact-based investigative journalism.

The purpose of education is also to make societies resilient, aware and emancipated and to reduce or eliminate inequalities based on race, class, gender or any other aspect which is unrelated to a person's innate talents.

The purpose of education is, in my opinion, NOT to raise artificial barriers (for instance financially) or to function as a "gatekeeper" to shield 'incumbents' from talented people who want to enter the job market.

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Griffin Foster Author

leob, thank you for reading! Also, what a well-crafted comment.

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leob • Edited

Thank you! and thanks for writing a thought-provoking blog article.

I could go on a bit if I may.

Great education provides a sense of awe at the beauty of our natural and cultural world. It awakes an eagerness to know more, and to explore. Great education does not however consist of rote memorization, drilling or boring facts.

Great education also provides "tools" to survive and thrive in our modern society - call it literacy (linguistic, mathematic, social, digital, financial/fiscal).

But above all education teaches about empathy and respect - no matter how different we are, how different we look, think, behave or act. This is the foundation for a healthy and peaceful society which is able to control and deal with undesired phenomena like bullying, crime and abuse. Individually we are nothing, collectively we can do miracles (as Covid-19 shows).

(I do realize that I might be a tad over-ambitious here, and over-optimistic at the actual possibilities, especially when you look at how understaffed many schools are, and how underpaid their teachers)