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What makes them educated and what is their role in our society?
Azat Toktombaev Kyrgyz Republic (25, Male)
Who is an educated person? If you ask this question people will respond in d ifferent ways.
I believe that a true desire for education is, first of all, a thirst for knowledge, and not simply a cramming of facts and formulas, but a real attempt to truly understand and to comprehend something. It does not matter where or how you study: sitting behind a computer on the Internet or in a higher educational institution. The main thing is your desire to comprehend something new.
A truly educated person is not one who considers himself to be "educated", not one who graduated from an educational institution. It should be one who influences the world around them and has his own worldview. Influences and changes people around him and makes society better.
An educated person improves himself. Such a person is always creative, he thinks “outside the box” and has aesthetic tastes.
In my country many people are chasing diplomas. They enroll in colleges, but often do not attend classes and lectures, and even go as far as to pay for passes and good grades.
I believe that any state should strive to ensure the formation of its own critical thinking society. Why? Because educated people are less are susceptible to propaganda and possess this critical thinking.
Educated people, of course, need society, not just the modern world. Even Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy wrote:
The uneducated man can be influenced and persuaded by pure evil doctrines, and may wholeheartedly believe in them. Why? Because he does not have critical thinking. He does not have his own opinion. He does on challenge these ideologies. He is more susceptible to radical ideas.
Xenophobia, homophobia, racism and many other such things are most often supported by poorly educated people. Because they are limited by their small circle of family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. They rarely go beyond this limited framework, where they receive their “knowledge” and opinions. They know little about others who differ in outlook, opinion and traditions.Man is peculiarly afraid of the unknown. This is why, often, poorly educated people suffer from such vices as racism and Nazism.
In my country, I often learn about many officials or Law enforcement agencies who exceed their authority, and ordinary citizens do not know how to protect themselves from this abuse of power. Education again is the key to building a fair equitable society, with respect for law and order.
There are many good laws in my country, but many do not function properly or are not enforced. Till now in villages and small cities, there are women who are kidnapped to marry someone they do not even know. Many women do not know where to turn and become afraid of the shame and condemnation from others in the village or small city, once news of the kidnapping circulates. Still today our society remains biased towards the man, and those men who kidnap women for brides.
Education could change this situation, so people will know their rights and able to defend their rights.
When I entered my university, I ran into a significant problem. The university had never before enrolled a blind person. I had not yet trained in the use of a cane and could not navigate in and around the campus. I believe they did not want to take me and tried to dissuade me form coming. But nevertheless there was one good person who stood up for me and said that everyone has the right to receive a good education.
People with disabilities are often stigmatized in my country. No wheelchair ramps. Many disabled people are forced to stay at home. They cannot get an education, get acquainted with new people, make new friends, go for a walk and enjoy life. I believe that a good state must provide every citizen with access to quality education. Now I'm considering going back to university to study languages.
I believe that educated people will be able to change our society for the better, with a striving for knowledge and the desire to share it with others.
Make all people educated. It is these people who move our people and society forward.