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5 Tips on How to Become an Educated Person in Today’s World

Updated on December 6, 2008

To function as an educated person in today's world, you need to acquire some level of skill in the following areas: Reading, writing, calculating, thinking, and computing.

Perhaps the most basic skill that any educated person has is the ability to read. Most are very good readers. By good readers, I mean that they are active readers. They don't just imbibe everything they read like a sponge. On the contrary, they engage in an active interaction with the author of a work. They ask whether the author has her facts straight. They check to see that the author has sufficient evidence to back up the points that she makes. They question whether the writer's arguments are logically (i.e. do they make sense). You, too, if you are to become a sophisticated reader, must learn to do the same thing. You must not become a human sponge for all of the information that is thrown your way. Rather you must turn yourself into a human filtering device that lets in only solid data and blocks out questionable information.

Another basic skill that an educated person has is the ability to write. Educated persons know how to get their point or message across unobtrusively. Their readers should be able to comprehend what they are saying without having to second guess them. The writing is full of clarity and brevity. Grammatical mistakes don't get in the way of the message. Neither long windedness nor run-on sentences take the reader on a reading excursion of no return. The author's piece is both inviting and relaxing to the reader. It is not frustrating or upsetting to the point that the reader says that enough is enough and throws in the towel. If you are to be an educated person, your writing, too, must be clear, concise, grammatically correct, plus inviting and relaxing.

Still another skill that an educated person has is the ability to calculate. Educated people know how to do basic arithmetic. They are skilled in practical math (i.e. math that they need to know in order to buy goods and services). Sure, many of them might not know how to do algebra, trigonometry, statistics, or calculus, but they do know how to do the math that need to use in everyday life. To put it bluntly, they know how to add and subtract, multiply and divide, and do fractions and percentages. You, too, must make these arithmetic skills part of your mathematical arsenal because you will need to use them throughout your life.

A fourth skill that an educated person has is the ability to think critically. They know how to think for themselves. They know whether or not something makes sense. In today's world all kinds of information is out there on the Internet. Some of it is good and a lot of it is bad. Being critical thinkers, educated people know what to add and what not to add to their knowledge reservoir. They screen out that which is questionable and save only that which has a basis in fact. You, too, must learn to do the same thing. You must learn to scrutinize all the information that comes your way, and add only that information to your database that is rooted in reality.

Finally, a fifth and last skill that an educated person has is the ability to use a computer. They know how to use a word process to create or save a document. They know how to use email to communicate electronically. And they know how to use the Internet to surf the Web for the information that they are looking for online. Let's face it: We live in an information world. More and more of that information is coming to us by the World Wide Web. The computer is the paper and pencil of today. If you are to become an educated person in today's world, you need to start learn to use it today. Learn Word, Windows, Internet Explorer, and Email.

To reiterate: To become an educated person in today's world, you must do the following: Learn to read. Learn to write. Learn to calculate. Learn to think and learn to compute.


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      Jon 4 years ago

      One of the most important questions that we should be asking is how do you get smarter. With the current education system, we are lacking in the effectiveness that we teach our kids. By teaching a newly developed way of thinking, visually, we can promote a new way of learning more rapidly.

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      rana ashraf 5 years ago

      To be fully educated you should follow those 5 tips carefully .But focusing on reading is the most essential and important task'' YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THE MOST''.

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      PD. JAPHET 5 years ago

      These five tips are fundamental to being educated. I particularly like the phrase; "the computer is today's pencil and paper"

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      muhammad 5 years ago

      i think this five things are the main key for somebody who wanted to become educate.

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      Ibrahim 5 years ago


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      hubby7 6 years ago from Chicago

      I'm glad you liked it. Thanks.

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      saleh muhammad isawa 6 years ago

      this is amazing thanks!!

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      Star 6 years ago

      Educated people i've noticed seem to lose there 'common sense.' I won't go in to detail!!.Education - it's all about MONEY!!!!...BIG wage packet,nice house,good looking bitch,luxary car,best grub/drink and nice holidays!!!.

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      mehvish 6 years ago

      well i think these 5 things r very important 2 me cuase i think they will educate me n there r the main things if u want 2 become something

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      jstelletello 6 years ago

      This seems like common sense, maybe common sense is not so common?

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      Matina Herrera 6 years ago

      I have been homeschooling my kids for a year now. they all have these skills. they also have a good intrapersonal relationships and they value the world. they know God and they fear Him. they learn after all. and that i think, is what really matters.

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      Candy 6 years ago

      Great article!!

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      Donna 7 years ago from Danville, IL

      These skills are mandantory. The signifigance is to have these skills at the highest level each individual is capable of achieving.

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      murad ismael ali 7 years ago

      i apriciate who wrotw this article as a father and as a men.

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      syed iqbal 7 years ago

      I will endorse Robbie's point but will also appreciate the writer who wrote this article.

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      jenelle hamilton 7 years ago

      I have founded this article very interested and effectively because it relates to my understanding of what an educated person is to be. And, Also today's world is all about technology and how to relate to the different understanding of people from background so with a critical thinking, being able to read, write and to calculate will make one very educated and easy to perform out there.

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      will 8 years ago

      you're right robbie. consider political awareness

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      Robbie 8 years ago

      I wouldn't really consider a person Educated if they could only do these things. This Article should be retitled "5 Tips on how to Survive in Today's World."