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What really educated people know

By caitlinsmythe, 11 September, 2009

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?”

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