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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Educated or Informed? Uneducated or uninformed?

A thought that just came to me: I think it is much better to use the word "informed" rather than "educated" when talking about a person's understanding. Bullet sub-points:

+ A person can know little about reality and have a PhD in stalactite and be called educated. Meanwhile, a person with no degrees (i.e., a big percentage of the mega-world-changers I know) may be referred to as uneducated.

+ Education is critical.

-But isn't it more important to be 'informed' about things that matter: e.g., what kids and teenagers and young people and middle-aged people and the elderly care about, how much we are impacted by our economic/social/moral/eco/etc environments?

+ Being informed requires discipline. (Getting 'educated' requires discipline too.) Being informed means reading/learning about what you may not be interested in all the time (e.g., reading the 'world' section of the newspaper as compared to the gossip section).

+ Being informed often means hearing it firsthand. Which means relationships.

Thoughts?
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