What Are the Responsibilities of an Educated Person?

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You probably believe that most people attend college. There is a good chance that you think that it is natural to be educated. It seems to be true that a college degree has replaced a high school education for most job/career purposes today. Therefore, you may be surprised to know the answers to the following questions. First, what percent of the U.S. population has a college degree today? Second, we live in an increasingly global world, so what percent of the world population has a college degree today? Only one out of four (25%) of the U.S. population and less than 1% of the world population has a college degree. Upon completion of your degree, you will be in a minority group with respect to education in the U.S. and in the world. Many college students appear to believe that a college degree guarantees a good life. That is not true. You have to do that. Perhaps you have not yet realized how much potential power and responsibility you have as 1% of the people in the world that will have a college degree!! You need to begin to decide how you are going to use your knowledge and education. Don’t flaunt it. Don’t get overly egotistical. You probably worked hard to complete your degree. You may be the first in your family with a college degree. You may have borrowed money and now have loans to repay. You might have worked and/or were raising a family while attending college. Some of you probably had some type of disability to surmount to complete your degree. I find it interesting to note, as a faculty member who interacts with a wide range of students, that many new college graduates believe that they worked hard in college, and now, they are ‘owed’ something. It is likely that you hold the belief that you deserve a job, respect, and happiness (whatever.) On the contrary, educated people owe everyone else. It does not matter how you hard it was to earn a degree. You have become one of the educated minorities. It is now your responsibility to help others in some way....
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