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By Alfie Kohn No one should offer pronouncements about what it means to be well-educated without meeting my ex-wife. When I met her, she was at Harvard, putting the finishing touches on her doctoral dissertation in anthropology. A year later, having spent her entire life in school, she decided to do the only logical thing.
She subsequently became a successful practicing physician.
However, she will freeze up if you ask her what 8 times 7 is, because she never learned the multiplication table.
So what do you make of this paradox? Is she a walking indictment of the system that let her get so far — 29 years of schooling, not counting medical residency — without acquiring the basics of English and math? Of course, if those features describe what it means to be well-educated, then there is no dilemma to be resolved.
She fits the bill.
The problem arises only if your definition includes a list of facts and skills that one must have but that she lacks. In that case, though, my ex-wife is not alone.
Or what about me he suddenly inquired, relinquishing his comfortable perch from which issue all those judgments of other people?
And I can multiply reasonably well, but everything mathematical I was taught after first-year algebra and even some of that is completely gone. How well-educated am I? The Point of Schooling: The latter formulation invites us to look beyond academic goals.
Does it denote what you were taught, or what you learned and remember? If the term applies to what you now know and can do, you could be poorly educated despite having received a top-notch education. An Absence of Consensus: Is such a definition expected to remain invariant across cultures with a single standard for the U.
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