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Definition Of A Good Education Education is defined as acquiring skills There are many different ways to be educated and many subjects that can be studied A good education is one that teaches a student to think This is proven by Edith Hamilton Malcolm X and Adrian Rich in their works to define what they believe about learning and its importance to our world In Edith Hamiltons essay The Ever-present Past she described a good education as one that is modeled after the ancient Greeks ideas She defines being educated as being able to be caught up into a world of thought 752 The Greeks were taught to think They were cultivated on an individual level so that they knew how to conceive ideas on their own During the times of the ancient Greeks students were shown how to appreciate poetry music arts and mathematics They carried their education of thought into their government and their ways of life The era of the ancient Greeks was laid by the teachings of their schools and therefore helped make them into a notable civilization Today Hamilton believes that with our set way of teaching we are not encouraging individuals to think She concludes that we are headed towards a standardization of minds 756 Hamilton believes that we need to challenge our society to shape our educational goals after those of the Greeks With the problems our world faces we should study how the Greeks triumphed in a savage world and how they were educated to do so Then maybe we can learn how to prevent the standardization of the minds in our society and avoid repeating the ill-fated history of the ancient Greeks 754 In Malcolm Xs Freedom Through Learning To Read a chapter of his autobiography he describes a good education as being able to understand life He wrote of how he desired to acquire more knowledge This inner
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