Wei Ching Huang
Professor Jonathan Ceniceroz
15 September 2014
Learn From the World A well-rounded education is the pursuit of knowledge across different areas of studies. It is a combination of academic enrichment and social intelligence. Just like Newman said “All branches of knowledge are connected together because the subject-matter of knowledge is intimately united in itself.” Many people would assume the purpose of a well-rounded education is preparation for profession to get a job to make more money, but that is not the definition I am thinking of. The whole purpose of well-rounded education is not only to fit into a society, but also to help individuals to become completely self-knowledgeable, mature by engaging with different people through education systems, and expanding global perspective by engaging with different cultures. A well-rounded education is learned though institutions which helps us to become self-knowledgeable in society. As Newman said, “A habit of mind is formed which last through life”, meaning well-rounded education is a journey to gain value as we absorb new knowledge. A well-rounded education should not be regarded as the way to get ahead the world, but it should be the process of gaining personal value. There are several ways to develop personal value, and in my case, I used to take public speaking class in my first semester, which actually helped me to become a better listener. In my class, I would hear various kinds of speech and different points of view from classmates, which can be a beautiful thing. Undoubtedly, public speaking class is to teach you to build up self-confidence in order to punch fear in the face. By taking a speech class, I learned to make eye contact with my audience, face the group of people and engage with them. Even though the nervousness did not disappear while presenting, the curriculum taught me how to face difficult situations, defeat fears, and turn weaknesses into strengths. Hence, this class taught me to be resourceful and gave me the ability to communicate efficiently with others. Except gaining knowledge at school the other important element to gain personal value is to understand the importance of responsibility to your life which means to be independent. Honestly, no one can teach me how to be independent, it all comes from our surrounding environment. There is a saying that people are learning from their own mistakes, after I experience all the consequences, I am able to deal with difficult situations and improve problem solving skills. Life experiences teaches me how to act and talk in various scenario. Secondly, a well-rounded education helps people to be mature by engaging with different people through education system. According to Newman’s idea of university course is to “trai[n] good members of society” but he argue that the purpose of education should not be the preparation of career it should be designed for last in life time. I agree with his statement that university education train student to think clearly, write well, analysis clearly, student get their knowledge and absorb it, finally apply to what they learn into society. For example, in order to develop capacity of solving problem it can be done by thinking things critically, thinking which helps us to find the key to solve the problem. The main point is about people should gain knowledge from university education and use it life but not just work, and people learn knowledge throughout life as well. The concept mention by Jon Spayde’s “The Whole World’s A Classroom” means knowledge is come from both academic enrichment and social intelligence. We are not only learning from nature but also nurture, the new knowledge can make us grow and see different thing in different angle. Using Stevie Wonder’s story as example, when he was writing Songs of Key of Life he was completely blind, but his family has a great expectation...
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