I’m well aware by the questions I’m asked that my readers are among the most educated people in Huntsville, so I need your help with a central question that is at the heart of every single posting I’ve written over the past year.
It’s a question that I cannot, and should not, attempt to answer on my own. Any individual’s answer is insufficient. This is a question that must be answered by a community, by a neighborhood, if you will.
And so, I ask you, my neighbors, what does it mean to you to be a well-educated person?
Please feel free to be as descriptive and detailed as possible. And as I tell my students every day, specific examples are always welcomed.
For example, when I think of a well-educated person, I don’t think of qualities or traits. I think of a specific individual. (Well, I think of many individuals.) Some of these individuals are as degreed as is possible like many of my college professors. Some of them have a high school diploma.
So help me to develop a collection of traits and qualities that we as a community value and think that our schools, colleges, and universities should help to provide.
Perhaps you could imagine that you are developing a curriculum for your own child. What ideas, concepts and traits would you consider to be important as they develop their education?
So, what does it mean to be a well-educated person?