What is Education?

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What is Education? Answers from 5th Century BC to the 21st Century

The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. — Jean Piaget, 1896-1980, Swiss developmental psychologist, philosopher

**An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.– Anatole France, 1844-1924, French poet, novelist

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. — Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013, South African President, philanthropist

The object of education is to teach us to love beauty. — Plato, 424 – 348 BC, philosopher mathematician

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education — Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968, pastor, activist, humanitarian

**Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, physicist

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. — Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Greek philosopher, scientist

Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world’s work, and the power to appreciate life. — Brigham Young, 1801-1877, religious leader

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer – into a selflessness which links us with all humanity. — Nancy Astor, 1879-1964, American-born English politician and socialite

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. — William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939, Irish poet

Education is freedom. – Paulo Freire, 1921-1997, Brazilian educator, philosopher

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. — John Dewey, 1859-1952, philosopher, psychologist, education reformer

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.– George Washington Carver, 1864-1943, scientist, botanist, educator

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. – Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer, poet

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. — Sydney J. Harris, 1917-1986, journalist

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. — Malcolm Forbes, 1919-1990, publisher, politician

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure. – Emma Goldman, 1869 – 1940, political activist, writer

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. — John W. Gardner, 1912-2002, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.– Gilbert K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer, theologian, poet, philosopher

Education is the movement from darkness to light. — Allan Bloom, 1930-1992, philosopher, classicist, and academician

***Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. — Daniel J. Boorstin, 1914-2004, historian, professor, attorney

The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values. — William S. Burroughs, 1914-1997, novelist, essayist, painter

***The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. — Robert M. Hutchins, 1899-1977, educational philosopher

Education is all a matter of building bridges. — Ralph Ellison, 1914-1994, novelist, literary critic, scholar

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul. — Joseph Addison, 1672-1719, English essayist, poet, playwright, politician

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. — Malcolm X, 1925-1965, minister and human rights activist

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. — Solomon Ortiz, 1937-, former U.S. Representative-TX

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education. — Plutarch, 46-120AD, Greek historian, biographer, essayist

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations. Bob Beauprez, 1948-, former member of U.S. House of Representatives-CO

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child’s home. – William Temple, 1881-1944, English bishop, teacher

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them. — John Ruskin, 1819-1900, English writer, art critic, philanthropist

Education levels the playing field, allowing everyone to compete. — Joyce Meyer, 1943-, Christian author and speaker

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. – B.F. Skinner, 1904-1990, psychologist, behaviorist, social philosopher

The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others. – Tyron Edwards, 1809-1894, theologian

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation. — John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, 35th President of the United States

Education is like a lantern which lights your way in a dark alley. – Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 1918-2004, President of the United Arab Emirates for 33 years

When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts. — Dalai Lama, spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence. — Robert Frost, 1874-1963, poet

The secret in education lies in respecting the student. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, essayist, lecturer, and poet

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance, but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. — Maya Angelou, 1928-, author, poet. [1]

50 Characteristics Of An Educated Person by MARELISA

It’s safe to say that most people want to be an educated person.

Last night I was asking myself these two questions: Who is an educated person? What does someone have to know in order to be considered an educated person? Look at the following:

Do you need to have an advanced degree in order to be considered well-educated?
Does it mean being prepared to join the work force?
Are there certain books that you have to have read?

I did some research in order to be able to answer these questions. After reading several lists of the characteristics of an educated person—including Harvard and Princeton University’s lists–I came up with the following list of the 50 characteristics of an educated person:

1. An educated person has the ability to think clearly and independently.

2. An educated person has good judgment.

3.*** An educated person knows how to learn.

4. An educated person knows how to acquire desired skills by identifying and utilizing available resources, deconstructing the process required for learning a particular skill, and experimenting with potential approaches.

5. ***An educated person has the ability to take initiative and work alone.

6. An educated person has the ability to communicate thoughts and ideas in writing, clearly and concisely.

7. An educated person has the ability to speak clearly.

8.** An educated person has the ability to reason analytically and critically.

9. An educated person has the ability to think inductively and deductively.

10.*** An educated person questions assumptions.

11.*** An educated person doesn’t blindly accept what they are told; they go see for themselves. They can discern truth from error, regardless of the source.

12. An educated person knows how to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information (between the important and the trivial).

13.***** An educated person knows how to make productive use of knowledge; they know where to get the knowledge that they need, and they have the ability to organize that knowledge into a plan of action that is directed to a definite end.

14. An educated person understands human nature and has the ability to establish, maintain, and improve lasting relationships.

15. An educated person knows how to establish rapport with others; they know how get others to trust and respect them.

16. An educated person knows how to cooperate and collaborate effectively with others.

17. An educated person knows how to resolve conflicts with others.

18. An educated person knows how to persuade others.

19. An educated person has the ability to conceptualize and solve problems.

20.** An educated person knows how to make decisions.

21. An educated person has the ability to see connections among disciplines, ideas and cultures.

22.** An educated person is able to cross disciplinary boundaries and explore problems and their solutions from multiple perspectives.

23. An educated person is someone who has been educated holistically: creatively, culturally, spiritually, morally, physically, technologically, and intellectually.

24. An educated person has a broad liberal-arts education. They have a good overview of the following subjects: the natural sciences; the social sciences; history; geography; literature; philosophy; and theology.

25. An educated person has depth of knowledge—that is, specialized knowledge–in a particular field.

26. An educated person has achieved victory over themselves; they know how to withstand discomfort in the short term in order to achieve important goals in the long term.

27. An educated person has the capacity to endure and persevere.

28. An educated person is self-aware; they know how to perceive and manage their own internal states and emotions.

29. An educated person knows where and how to focus their attention.

30. An educated person has ethical values and has integrity.

31. An educated person has the ability and the discipline to do what is right.

32.** An educated person is well-read and has cultural sophistication.

33. An educated person has equal esteem for everyone, without regard to gender, race, religion, country of origin, and so on.

34. An educated person understands their obligation to leave the world a little better than they found it.

35. An educated person is capable of doing new things; they have the ability to generate ideas and turn them into reality. An educated person is innovative.

36.*** An educated person is one whose natural curiosity has been awakened with the purpose of satisfying that curiosity.

37. An educated person has the ability to identify needed behaviors and traits and turn them into habits.

38. An educated person has the ability to identify harmful behaviors and traits—including thinking habits that are not serving them well—and the ability to modify them.

39. An educated person has the ability to keep their life in proper balance.

40.*** An educated person has the flexibility to admit when they’re wrong.

41. An educated person has quantitative literacy; they know how to use arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics to solve problems.

42. An educated person can speak at least one language other than their own.

43. An educated person has financial literacy; they have the knowledge necessary to make sound financial decisions.

44. An educated person is adaptable and knows how to deal with change.

45. An educated person knows how to handle ambiguity.

46. An educated person has the ability to explore alternative viewpoints.

47. An educated person has aesthetic appreciation; they can sing and dance well, play at least one musical instrument, and can appreciate architecture, great art, and other expressions of creative genius.

48. An educated person has developed the personal philosophy that will allow them to be happy and successful.

49. An educated person has the ability and the discipline to constantly improve.

50. An educated person has the ability to pursue lifelong learning.

Conclusion

I consider the 50 characteristics above to be those that are necessary in order to be a well educated person. In turn, being an educated person is an essential prerequisite for living your best life. [2]

Comments
The key points of what, I consider, constitutes and educated person is summarised as follows:

***Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. — Daniel J. Boorstin, 1914-2004, historian, professor, attorney

11.*** An educated person doesn’t blindly accept what they are told; they go see for themselves. They can discern truth from error, regardless of the source.

13.***** An educated person knows how to make productive use of knowledge; they know where to get the knowledge that they need, and they have the ability to organize that knowledge into a plan of action that is directed to a definite end.

36.*** An educated person is one whose natural curiosity has been awakened with the purpose of satisfying that curiosity.

40.*** An educated person has the flexibility to admit when they’re wrong.

To me, the 5 points made above reflect the degree of education and independent thinking a person has developed intellectually. There are many people in this world who do not even realise what they do not know or the truth of what they know. Blind religious faith is one example of total acceptance of myths as historic events without a shred of evidence.

I have often been ridiculed for quoting from different sources as C&P. But I believe that C&P (with acknowledgement of source) shows resourcefulness in finding the knowledge or information needed to satisfy that particular question. The Internet is a massive library of information that if not used is wasted. The Internet today replaces all encyclopaedias and Libraries and with its ease of access to every kind of information is also available freely to all peoples. A miracle gift of the 21st Century. Only fools would speak disparagingly of its use.

An intelligent inquisitive minds can never accept any information on hearsay but should investigate any statements that have not been authenticated. But an intelligent and disciplined mind should always accept that he is wrong if evidence proves he was mistaken.

These comments would put to rest those who wish to demean those who attempt to spread truth and information. There are still so many living in the dark.

 

Reference

[1] What is Education? https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-moment-youth/201405/what-is-education-insights-the-worlds-greatest-minds

[2] An Educated Person: http://daringtolivefully.com/educated-person

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