A Degree Does Not Equal Education

It is a common misconception to think that having a degree means you are educated. For some reason, people believe that a degree shows your intelligence or independence but that is not true. The truth is, you need a few more things under your belt to truly be an educated person.


First, you have to be able to learn without a teacher. A valuable skill of an educated person is being able to discover information on your own. You have to be able to go out into the world and research a topic without the assistance of a teacher. Being able to amass knowledge on your own shows intelligence and independence. While seeking help from a teacher is useful, relying on a teacher all the time will hinder your own development and growth.

Second, you have to be able to judge the credibility of information correctly. If you were to get into a debate, would you be able to discern fact from opinion? Would you be able to distinguish if the opposition is making a logical argument? You have to be able to use skepticism to decide these things and also, to form your own more logical argument.

Lastly, the most important part to being a more educated and independent individual: you have to be able to form your own opinions on subjects without being influenced by others. As a independent person, you can’t let others’ philosophies sway your own thoughts; you shouldn’t automatically dislike a book or movie simply because your friend says it is terrible. You need to truly think independently as an individual and come to these conclusions yourself if you want to be a truly knowledgeable person.

Knowing these tips is just a stepping stone to becoming an educated and independent person. You have to actually go out there and try to better yourself if you want to succeed because the one thing you have to remember is…having a degree is not the same thing as being educated.




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