Essay about Being Educated, Was Hard For Me

722 Words May 13th, 2016 3 Pages
Describing what being educated is was hard for me. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it meant to me. The first thing I did was look up the dictionary the definition of educated it said: having an education: having a particular kind of education: showing education. As I did my reading and pondered these definitions The Everybody is Ignorant, Only on Different Subjects, by Eliot Butler really stood out to me. He lists multiple people in his paper that I would consider brilliant and well above just being educated such as Leonardo, Christopher Wren and Thomas Jefferson. He also mentions that just simply naming a problem doesn’t solve it and that to be educated one should always be learning. I found that being educated to me means being able to think for yourself. I know it sounds simple and maybe a little out there but to think for one’s self is one of the most important things you could do. I’m not talking about the random little or weird ideas that pop into your head throughout the day. I’m talking about being able to think and work through a problem and then take steps to fix it or invent it. I believe Eliot Butler called it critical thinking. Going deeper into a topic instead of just skimming the surface. Challenging it or researching it to find out what really lies beneath it at the core. When Eliot talks about how simply naming a problem doesn’t make one educated I couldn’t agree more. Just because you can see a problem and put a name to it doesn’t mean your…

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