Education literally means the things a person learns by being taught. So, the definition of a good education would be the things a person learns by being taught well. But what exactly does that mean? No one has ever told you that, right. To me a good education is basically achieved when a person has a general to specific knowledge of the things that have happened in the world, things that could happen in the future of the world, how to communicate with others, and how to live safely in the world today. In order to live in this day and age, a person needs to know what has happened to people or places before their time. This is basically learned in a history class. If the person is well educated in history, they should know major events that have happened in the US as well as other parts of the world. Some examples of "major events" would be the signing of the US Constitution, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, space exploration and any other important events in the world. If a person does not know basic things like this then they have no place in society. People do not necessarily have to know the exact day that a war started or ended or who signed the Constitution and when they signed it, they simply need to feel comfortable in a conversation about the Constitution or any other historical event. People also need to have a general idea of the history of English. This is taught in any English course. People should know a little about Beowulf, Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible, and The Canterbury Tales. These are just a few examples of popular works in literature. If people have a general understanding of these and other important literary works, they will not feel uncomfortable if they end up in a discussion about English. They should also know a little about the famous authors of the past such as William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, and Charles Dickens. To know the names of some famous authors and what they are famous for should be enough for a person to be able to function in society. However, knowing a little bit of detail about authors in history would be of great help.
People should also know a little about what could happen in the future. They should know a little about the ways the government could change, space exploration breakthroughs, who is forming a peace treaty, as well as if a war could break out. This information is very general and
changing constantly, however, it is very important to know. If a person did not know for instance that one country has problems with another, a war could break out and they would have no idea why. This could put a person in an awkward position in society. People do not realize that this kind of information is important until they are out in the real world. It does not seem so important when you are in high school, but when you graduate and go out to pursue a career, it becomes important. Not necessarily because you have to know this to do your job efficiently, but because you need to know what to say if your boss asks your opinion on the Iraq situation. Think of how you would feel if you had no idea what he was talking about. Many high school students complain about having to learn about things in school by saying "when am I ever going to use this". The answer to that question normally is "you may never", but you never know when you are going to be at a social gathering and end up in a conversation about history or English or math or any other subject for that matter. People simply need to know enough so that they do not feel stupid in public. Now this does not mean that learning everything that a person learns in high school is not important if you don't mind if you sounding stupid. People also need to know enough to get a good job, but you can tell if you are well educated by going out in to public and trying to have an intelligent conversation about the world and things that are going on in the world. If you can not carry on a conversation with someone about an intelligent subject, then to me, you do not have a good education. I feel that anyone who has at least graduated high school or passed an equivalency exam as well as passed all TAAS requirements should have a good education. That is of course unless they cheated on everything throughout high school. Most public schools as well as private schools offer the curriculum that give a student a good education. There are some schools that do not offer as extensive curriculum as others, but they offer enough for a student to make it in life. A person could more than likely get the best education at a private school where students are taught more on an individual basis than most public schools. They also offer more discipline, however the student does lose the opportunity of functioning with all kinds of people as in a public school. So, specifically dealing in education, private schools offer more, but overall a child will get a lot more out of a public school and will more than likely operate in the "real world" better.
A person could better their education by going to college after high school. This would make them more able to operate in society than a person who only graduated high school. The person with the college degree would also get a better job than the person with the high school diploma, but a college education is not required to get all jobs. A person is capable of living with no complications with only a high school diploma, but not with less than that.