Given the Sorts of Personal Relations We Now Enter Into, and the Demands of the World of Work and the Influences of the Digital Age, It Is No Longer Possible to Become an Educated Person in Such a Troubled World. True or False?

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Given the sorts of personal relations we now enter into, and the demands of the world of work and the influences of the digital age, it is no longer possible to become an educated person in such a troubled world. True or false?

We live in an increasingly complex world of rapid change and can only begin to imagine what the future will look like. It is also a very troubled world in which we are confronted daily with a myriad of challenges. The sheer scale of information and social constraints threaten to overwhelm us and we may be justified in thinking that it is no longer possible to become an educated person. Contrary to this view, however, I believe that it is not only possible, but also imperative that we do so if we are to both survive and thrive in the modern world. Any rewards will outweigh the challenges. The real question is not really whether it is possible to become and educated person, but exactly what that education should look like in such a climate?
Education is highly valued universally and the sphere of education today is extensive. In most countries, in addition to a developed system of state schooling, there is an expanding system of private schooling. This has arisen in response to the growing demand for qualifications and accreditation in an increasingly diverse range of professions. However, being an educated person today is not simply about possessing knowledge. The educated person is one who is able to utilise knowledge and apply it productively for the good of the society in which they live.
Becoming an educated person is a social process and the end result of education should bring about a better life for all. Despite the fact that we are so clearly limited in our knowledge of what the future may bring, this should not stop us from seeking to educate our children in the kinds of values that will create a better future for all:…...

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