After analyzing Alfie Kohn’s article; “What Does It Mean to Be Well-Educated?” I found this article very interesting. Society has often labeled many as well-educated and uneducated. Who gives Society the right to define who we are? According to the Free Dictionary, it gives one meaning of well-educated as “Possessing an education having more than average knowledge.”2. How can we define being educated verses’ being well-educated? Kohn insists “The Point of Schooling: Rather than attempting to define what it means to be well-educated, should we instead be asking about the purposes of education?” 1. Must one be considered well-educated who obtain a degree or specializes in a certain field of interest, at a prestige institution of higher
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I recently read an article from Failing School Project by Sabrina, she acknowledges “That education can and should be personally fulfilling, allowing us to appreciate life more by giving us the power to do things like read for pleasure, or compose music, or better understand the world around us … To me, a good education is about developing: Habits of mind like curiosity, analysis, criticism, problem-solving and creativity, the ability to make things, to satisfy a need or just for fun. The capacity to love yourself, other people, and the environment; and to find an appropriate balance between your own needs and the needs of the group and/or the natural world. That’s way more than can be accomplished in the school day, which is one reason why I reject the idea that teachers and schools are the only ones responsible for educating children. Everyone– parents, teachers, community members and institutions– has a role to play, and one of our main goals should be to work together to ensure that this happens.”3. With Sabrina statement, I see eye to eye.
The importance of grade school is to help one expand their knowledge for college anticipation. Grade school curriculum has four core subjects; which are Mathematics, Science, English, and History. The students are required to excel in the core subjects, before moving to the next level. For