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Discuss: What is an educated person?

  • Feb 8, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Hello, Socrates Cafe-goers!

So, by popular vote, our next topic of discussion will be: What is an educated person? Is the American educational system producing educated persons?

I don't think the topic needs much introduction. We all have ideas about what it is to be a well-educated person. We all have experience of some sort with the American educational system. We have all heard the news stories about how mediocre American students are in international comparisons.

I anticipate a fascinating discussion. :-)

Yours in Socrates,

Andy

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't join the group because of an existing conflict - BUT discussing a subject of this nature is so frustratingly complex that it almost can't be done. An educated person is multi-faceted AND lacking in hubris, in my opinion. An individual who is versed in esoteric subjects but is arrogant is NOT well educated. So, discuss on until the candle flickers and goes out. The question will remain unanswered - unless someone takes really good notes.

    February 9, 2014

  • Cathy P.

    My first time at Socrates Cafe. I enjoyed it very much even though I could barely get my comments out in a coherent way :-) Had to rush off when over but next time, I'd love to do the lunch afterwards. Thanks for making a newbie feel welcome.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent point of views.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Scott C.

    Good dynamic on defining and perspectives of education. Probably more questions arose than answers, but that is a good thing.

    February 8, 2014

  • Todd

    Enjoyed!

    February 8, 2014

  • Diane - C.

    I can't figure out if my replies ever make it wherever they are supposed to go. Very frustrating.

    February 7, 2014

    • Jim Z.

      We got the one about the monkeys and also the jello joke. Were there more?

      1 · February 7, 2014

  • Diane - C.

    Oh, and I should add "composed" so composed.....

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • Diane - C.

    Val Kilmer's character, Doc Holliday, stole my heart years ago. Quiet, patient, and way ahead of the game. So much so, I even read the life story of Doc Holliday.

    1 · February 7, 2014

    • Roger P.

      Interesting: the title of the clip is: Holliday vs Ringo. More often than not, it seems being educated has more to do with one-upmanship than actually knowing anything.

      February 7, 2014

    • Jim Z.

      I saw exceptionally educated men demonstrating the four cardinal virtues.
      Prudence
      Justice
      Temperance
      Courage

      February 7, 2014

  • Janet D.

    How about, "An educated person is one who has acquired the skills and knowledge to participate effectively in particular cultural and social situations"? (I just made that up ...) Obviously, it's not just academic smarts, although a good academy should try to impart what those skills and knowledge might be. I'm not sure one can be self-educated; I think you are educated by / through others (including, but not limited to, the spoken and written words of others). I don't think learning and education are the same. Education implies, in my opinion, a certain social element (and judgment). I'm looking forward to the discussion.

    January 23, 2014

  • Delia

    How 'bout degrees from the school of hard knocks?

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Bonnie

    Fascinating discussion is probably an understatement....since education comes from many sources in our lives and over a lifetime of experiences there are bound to be many paths to follow in the discussion. Could lead to many other discussions in the future if all are followed.
    The question may be more like what is education?

    January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to add a question to this discussion: Do we have an individual responsibility to be self-educated? In other words, do we as individuals bear some responsibility for knowing what is going on in the world, in order to make informed decisions, which inevitably affect those around us? I wish I could be at this Meetup, but I have already made other plans.

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Charles

    I spent a lengthy career in the education field -secondary, College, University, etc. So, it is likely that I will have something to say on the subject. And I realize that everyone is an "expert" on the topic!

    January 20, 2014

  • Benjamin E.

    Any person who can think critically or use the scientific method I would consider educated. Many times this faculty is not found in those formally considered "educated".

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Benjamin E.

    I think an educated person is someone who has a commitment to lifetime learning. Along with lifetime learning an educated person practices the seven cardinal virtues in their daily life and their community.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Scott C.

    My perspective is one of someone with nominal formal education. This formality is in name only, I have continued to inform and challenge my views through out my life sans institutions. Admittedly this has been an uneven and often chaotic process, but it seems to be my method. This is not to say that formal discipline education is less, rather that the current standard definitions exclude a growing community largely centered on internet connectivity and cultural boundaries being less of a hurdle.

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Started? You want me to start? Is an educated person one who functions well in our real world; one who has passionate interests outside of that which allows him/her to earn a living; one who participates wholeheartedly in the processes that allow our society to function - at least reasonably well? Is an educated person one who can converse in multiple languages, live in different social settings, and is compassionate toward other human life? Is an educated person one who can read Greek and knows Shakespeare's sonnets by heart? Or all of the above?

    This could take some profound thought and LONG discussion. Maybe two parts? Today's educational system - probably doesn't do the above very well, but we'll have to discuss that at length, also.

    January 20, 2014

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