Essay on Well Educated

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Well Educated

Narrative Essay 1 - Well Educated
Eng. 101 Liberty Online Professor

Well Educated

We all more than likely know someone who would fit the common catch phrase of being very well educated but having absolutely no common sense .Alfie Kohn’s article “What does it mean to be well educated?” elaborated on this topic wonderfully. Moreover, Kohn added, familiarity with lists of words, names, books and ideas is a poor way of judging whether one is well-educated. (Kohn, 2003, p. 3) I would definitely have to agree. A person who may fit today’s standard definition of well-educated may very well find themselves in the unemployment line if all of the book smart knowledge they have attained is not valuable in
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According to (Kohn, 2003, p.3)” it would be a mistake to reduce schooling to vocational preparation”. I agree with this statement but also think that some vocational skills could be very helpful as well. My son is a recent high school graduate and just completed his first year of community college. No doubt he has memorized many important facts about history, science, and algebra but how much of this information will really be of use in the future unless of course he intends to make a living as a jeopardy game show contestant. It would be beneficial for college age students to attend courses like checking account 101, cooking 101, washing and folding 101 or possibly organizational skills 101. Book knowledge is great but without life skills it is nothing more than arrogance. There is so much more to education than learning facts and attending school. Kohn states (Kohn, 2003, p. 2) “Rather than attempting to define what it means to be well-educated, should we instead be asking about the purpose of education?” Our world would not be what it is today if all people chose the same area of study. If everyone chose to be a teacher, lawyer or baker society could not function fully. It is imperative that we not only have well educated participants in society but a vocationally trained demographic also. Kohn

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