QUOTES
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What does "educated" mean?

"The proper word here would be the German «gebildet,» from the noun «Bildung.» Due to the impossibility of accurately translating «Bildung» and its grammatical derivatives, the following gives direction for defining this concept. The word implicates knowledge of a broad range of topics – of culture,society, history, art, etc., as well as profound human ethical understanding.
The concept concerns erudition and broad cultural awareness and is not limited to «learning» in a narrow academic sense, but considers the personal worldview an individual possesses. It is about stimulation (not only passive transmission), development of character, and personal capacities (not skills).

«Bildung» is embedded in the interrelationship between an individual, other people, and the world, and leads to inner harmony between the different faculties within man, and outer harmony with others.The «gebildet» person has strong self-esteem rooted in understanding and real interest in people – not in a mere need to aggravate oneself or in psychological defense mechanisms.

The goal is a nuanced, non-egocentric self-government, in the deepest meaning of the word, to enrich the individual and the whole of humanity. When in the rest of this paper the English words «educated» or «cultivated» are used, most often they embody «Bildung»/»gebildet.

-Erni Gustafson:Vittorino da Feltre.Nordic Studies in Education




Dominant Systems of Educaiton
“The dominant systems of education today are based on three “assumptions” that are very much the opposite to how human lives are actually lived.​​​

First, they promote standardization and a narrow view of intelligence where as human talents are diverse and personal.

Second, they promote compliance when in fact cultural progress and achievement depend on the cultivation of imagination and creativity.

Third, they are linear and rigid where as the course of each human life, including yours, is organic and largely unpredictable.”

~ Ken Robinson ~
The art-science intersection

"Art and science.... are not, as was once believed, two contrary activities, but in fact draw on many of the same capacities of the human mind. In the last resort, much depends on the imagination. Artists and scientists alike are both trying to give concrete form to dimly comprehended ideas".


Art historian Kenneth Clarke