RED 090: DEFINITION OF AN EDUCATED PERSON
An Educated Person
An educated person is someone who has learned how to acquire, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, understand, and communicate knowledge and information. An educated person has to develop skills that respond to changing professional requirements and new challenges in society and the world at large. He or she must be able to take skills previously gained from serious study of one set of problems and apply them to another. He or she must be able to locate, understand, interpret, evaluate, and use information in an appropriate way and ultimately communicate his or her synthesis and understanding of that information in a clear and accurate manner. "An Educated Person." Michigan State University. Office of the Provost Michigan State University, n.d. Web. 26 Aug 2011.
I think the Michigan State definition matches closely with my perception of an education person. We are living in a society that is constantly changing; an educated person must be able to adapt to these changes. Not only must we have 21st century skills, we must be able to apply them to situations different from the ones in which we may have acquired these skills. Most important, an educated person must know how to get, understand, analyze and communicate information. Clearly, being educated is more than the mere acquisition of information; it is a person’s ability to use that information to meet life’s challenges.
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