Sunday, March 3, 2019
Acquisition of a Good Education
reading is defined as acquiring skills. in that respect ar many different ways to be educated and many subjects that can be studied. A good direction is adept 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 memorizeing and its importance to our founding. 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 cosmos educated as being fitting to be caught up into a world of thought (752). The Greeks were taught to think.They were polite on an individual level so that they knew how to conceive ideas on their own. During the epochs 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 time of the ancient Greeks was laid by the teachings of their schools and in that respectfore helped make them into a luminary 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 fancy how to anticipate the standardization of the minds in our society and avoid repeating the ill-fated narration 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 capable to understand life. He wrote of how he desired to acquire more knowledge.This home(a) struggle began when he envied his friends intelligence and when he was unable to express himself eloquently in letters. From that point he began to read everything. Malcolm X started by write a dictionary to learn all the words he could. From there he never spent fifteen minutes free time without a book (48). As he studied the works of Mr. Elijah Muhammad he realized how the history of the black Americans were not included in nearly books. He searched to find a book to learn the history of the African-Americans and in conclusion found a few that taught him about slavery (49).Malcolm X verbalize that through his domestic education a new world had been undetermined up to him. He achieved his goal of learning to read and through that hold back what is considered by many a good education. He was able to read, understand, and spirt ideas and opinions based on what he had read (53). Through reading Malcolm X was capable of expressing his own views and our society benefited greatly from this self-educated man. In Adrienne Richs, Claiming An Education, a speech given at Douglass College, she describes a g ood or serious education as the study of languages, ideas, methods, and values (58).Part of being educated is refusing to let others do your thinking, naming, or talking for you(59). Some of the nigh important things needed to fulfill intellectual independence are to learn the ways of rationalizing, deep discussions, and writing. Rich writes about how it is our own responsibility to yell an education and how we should not sell ourselves short (59). In order to learn we scratch need to assess what we hear and read in our courses to stimulate an opinion (57). In order to form an opinion, Rich says that we have to first commit ourselves to our studies and expect others to show us respect.Rich describes an education as a commitment and a responsibility (59). Throughout these essays the main ideas were that to be educated a student has to be an individual and be able to think. There are many arguments over what we should study and how we should be taught. There is no wrong or right w ay to teach or certain subjects that need to be studied. As long as the students are taught to think for themselves and have the desire to learn, they will be able to get down a good education.