What Should a Well-Educated Person Know?

Why we fight so much about college

George Dillard

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Photo by Victoria Heath on Unsplash

It’s good to be educated — pretty much everybody agrees on that. But what should an educated person have learned? That’s a more difficult question, and it’s at the heart of most of our arguments about education.

In ancient Athens, the best-educated people were drilled in public persuasion — a fitting skill for a…

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