Posted by: chrisdavis | October 19, 2013

Educated? What Is That?

I am taking a poll, asking you to help me write a section for my new book.

The section begins with a quote from the former Superintendent of Schools (Australia). Here is the quote: “I am convinced that school no longer prepares students for the real world. The world has changed but our schools have not.”–Isabella Adams

What I am asking is that you tell me what YOU think a person must know in order to be ready to leave home and be a successful adult. In other words, what does it mean to be “educated”?

If you will, make a list. Then, if you can, try to prioritize the items.

If you go to the trouble to do this–and assuming I can actually finish the book–I will send you a copy of the ebook for free when it is published. 

Send your list to: 

Excited to receive your thoughts!




  1. This can vary from family to family, of course. For us, we got the basics in academically, then focused on practical life-skills our children will need. First and foremost, we instilled a love of learning, so that they can continue to learn as needed, filling in any “gaps”. We encourage them to do what they love. My son recently graduated and he is studying gunsmithing. He has a number of plans for how to support a family when the time comes. Our daughter is focusing on all sorts of skills she will need as an adult, plus a few just for fun (like fencing). 😉

    What does it mean to be educated? I can think of a lot of answers, but I think the key is simply to love learning and to pursue it all your life, always seeking to grow in character. It seems to me an educated person is someone who takes an interest in life and the world around him, considering new ideas and testing them against the Truth.

  2. Kyria. Thanks so much for your post. I have added your name to the list to receive the ebook assuming I finish it (working on it now). FYI, in the early ’80’s a homeschooling friend was trying to figure out the most un-used collage scholarship and determined it was for fencing. So, he had his son & daughter take fencing lessons. The daughter eventually went on to the Olympics and became the top fencer in the world. Thought your daughter might enjoy that tidbit.

    • On further consideration, I should have led with the fact that if we don’t ground our children in a relationship with God and put matters of spiritual education first, none of the rest will be of any use. What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul?

  3. Here’s my list, Chris:

    1. An understanding of who they are 2. Relationship skills 3. Critical thinking skills esp. when it comes to reading 4. Practical everyday skills 5. How to split an atom (just checking to see if you’re still reading…)

    Peace, Theresa (rants, riffs and resources on kids, school and ADD)

    Smile, breathe and go slowly. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

    • Not so sure about the first 4, but I think “How to split an atom” definitely qualifies. 🙂

      • But, this means I have to finish the book and send you a copy! Yikes

  4. 1. Who God is and to have a personal relationship with Him.
    2. To love to read, the ability to understand and analyze what they read.
    3. To write well and communicate effectively.
    4. Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    5. How to make money – entrepreneurial skills.
    6. To have a love for learning and to be life long learners.
    7. What to do with their free time.

    These are the things I believe we need to teach our children.

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