What Does It Mean to Be College Educated

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Portia Marks
Heather Cole
Reading 115
1 December 2010
What Does It Mean To Be “College Educated?”
According to Dictionary.com the words college means: degree-granting school of higher learning; education: act or process of imparting or gaining knowledge, judgment, and a level of intellectual maturity (or) act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession. It’s only right to say that the definition of being college educated is gaining knowledge or skills from a degree-granting school of higher learning. Should you attend a school and learn liberal arts as well as courses formed around your aspiring career field or jump right into it and go to a vocational school where they will teach you the tricks of the trade?

Before I started this Reading 115 course, I didn’t think much about the difference between studying liberal arts versus vocational training. The only thing I knew about vocational training is that most of them weren’t accredited (meaning, the credits from the vocational school wouldn’t count at a university). I also had an unpleasant experience at a vocational school. But vocational training isn’t for everyone, the same goes for liberal arts. Who would be the type of person that picks liberal arts? I think it’s the type of person who has a general passion for learning. Not just one thing but a plethora of things. In Mark Jackson’s, “The Liberal Arts: A Practical View”, he stated “a liberal arts education is valuable to students because it helps to develop their analytical-thinking skills and writing skills” and “thinking skills that are critical for success” (YAH p. 207,208). If this the mission of a liberal education, why doesn’t everyone want this? In Earnest Boyer’s “Specialization: The Enriched Major” he expressed that “general education is an irritating interruption – and annoying detour on their way to their degree” (YAH p 217). If anyone thought that general education was an annoyance, why not...
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