The Aim of Education is not just to Enable one to earn money

Yesterday during a chat one of my old time chums who is also currently a homemaker was lamenting the fact that she is just sitting at home despite being educated. I am also in the same boat as her (not working outside home that is), only  I’ve taken even more academic & professional degrees. But I don’t think our education is ‘wasted’ merely because we are not earning money…the purpose of education is to make us holistic human being capable of thinking independently, making decisions rationally & meet the challenges of life maturely.

Recently I came across an article ‘ What should an educated person know’ by Josh Kaufman of ‘Personal MBA‘ fame. He has listed the skill sets of an educated person by various institutions…the lists are pretty remarkable. The one that particularly resonated with me is the one by George Wyth college

George Wyth College’s list of skills that make an “educated person”:

  1. The ability to understand human nature and lead accordingly.

  2. The ability to identify needed personal traits and turn them into habits.

  3. The ability to establish, maintain, and improve lasting relationships.

  4. The ability to keep one’s life in proper balance.

  5. The ability to discern truth and error regardless of the source or the delivery.

  6. The ability to discern true from right.

  7. The ability and discipline to do right.

  8. The ability and discipline to constantly improve.

& Josh Kaufman’s own list list of “Core Human Skills”:

  1. Information-Assimilation – how to find, consume, and comprehend information and identify what’s most important in the face of a problem or challenge.

  2. Writing – how to communicate thoughts and ideas in written form clearly and concisely.

  3. Speaking – how to communicate thoughts and ideas to others clearly, concisely, and with confidence.

  4. Mathematics – how to accurately use concepts from arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics to analyze and solve common problems.

  5. Decision-Making – how to identify critical issues, prioritize, focus energy/effort, recognize fallacies, avoid common errors, and handle ambiguity.

  6. Rapport – how to interact with other people in a way that encourages them to like, trust, and respect you.

  7. Conflict-Resolution – how to anticipate potential sources of conflict and resolve disagreements when they occur.

  8. Scenario-Generation – how to create, clarify, evaluate, and communicate a possible future scenario that assists in decision-making, either for yourself or another person.

  9. Planning – how to identify the necessary next steps to achieve an objective, account for dependencies, and prepare for the unknown and inevitable change via the use of contingencies.

  10. Self-Awareness – how to accurately perceive and influence your own internal states and emotions, including effective management of limited energy, willpower, and focus.

  11. Interrelation – how to recognize, understand, and make use of key features of systems and relationships, including cause-and-effect, second and third-order effects, constraints, and feedback loops.

  12. Skill Acquisition – how to go about learning a desired skill in a way that results in competence by finding and utilizing available resources, deconstructing complex processes, and actively experimenting with potential approaches.

These lists also support my point of view that education is not merely for making us earn money but to live a rich n fruitful life with aplomb, equanimity, grace, panache n passion.


September 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Hmm..., Meaning of Life, My lifestyle, My Values, Personal, Reflections/Musings, Wish List.

One Comment

  1. Toby Simmons replied:

    Hmm. Interesting!
    Let me know what you think of mine . . .
    Keep on writing!

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