I read this list (written by John Taylor Gatto) on Yes! Magazine and thought I’d share. It just seemed so coherent and honest to me.
Really educated people …
• Establish an individual set of values but recognize those of the surrounding community and of the various cultures of the world.
• Explore their own ancestry, culture, and place.
• Are comfortable being alone, yet understand dynamics between people and form healthy relationships.
• Accept mortality, knowing that every choice affects the generations to come.
• Create new things and find new experiences.
• Think for themselves; observe, analyze, and discover truth without relying on the opinions of others.
• Favor love, curiosity, reverence, and empathy rather than material wealth.
• Choose a vocation that contributes to the common good.
• Enjoy a variety of new places and experiences but identify and cherish a place to call home.
• Express their own voice with confidence.
• Add value to every encounter and every group of which they are a part.
• Always ask: “Who am I? Where are my limits? What are my possibilities?”