Is a Sound Knowledge of Science
Some may argue that in today’s world, a sound knowledge is required for a better career. While do concede that we are living in a highly advanced world, I do not agree that having a sound knowledge of science and technology is essential for the well-educated. If rows education and career is of the humanities, one can excel in it even without a sound knowledge of science and technology. Some knowledge of science and technology is squired, such as the basic knowledge of surfing the internet and using the Powering software for a presentation.However, a basic knowledge is not the same as a sound knowledge of science and technology. A research from a Stanford student has shown that there are humanities professors who only have a basic knowledge of science and technology.
Does that mean that they are not well-educated in today’s world? The research has also shown that for people in different fields, their focus is on different areas. For the people ore inclined to humanities, peer reviews are more important than the use of empirical evidence.These people are still able to excel in their career since a basic knowledge of science and technology would suffice for them. Some may also argue that a sound knowledge of science and technology in today’s world is what makes people well-educated. Without it, one would be what the society considers as “less-educated”. However, while being competent in science has been viewed as the province of whizzes and geniuses who are smart”, it does not imply that one is a well-educated person.In order to be considered a well-educated person, one should be all rounded and thus also be able to appreciate the literate and fine arts.
A well-educated person should be able to look at a work by Rembrandt or Marines Hartley and appreciate what it is trying to express, as well as appreciate the knowledge of science and technology such as “Newton’s Laws” to be considered as a well-educated person. A well-educated person should not only be academically inclined, but also encompass good moral values.In our society, while a sound knowledge Of science and technology would be beneficial, it is not what defines a well- educated person. A well-educated person should be someone who is also able to make good use of his or her sound knowledge of science and technology. However, with a lack of moral values, the sound knowledge would not even have a chance to be put into good use. If one does not have good moral values, the society would not deem one as a well-educated person even if one has a sound knowledge in science and technology.Hence, it is not essential for a well educated person to have a sound knowledge in science and technology as there are other aspects that are comparably more important.
Therefore, a sound knowledge in science and technology is not essential for a well-educated person in today’s world unless it is a necessity in one’s education to help one succeed. There are also other aspects that define a well-educated person. Being what the society deems as “smart” does not mean one is well -educated. Being well-educated is instead being all rounded for both academics and character.