education and open mindness

India
August 2, 2011 2:21am CST
I personally think that education is a way to open mindness. As a person get more and more education his mind develops and he can think more openly and taken the things or situations more logically. But some time we come across several people who are highly educated but they are not good in social relations and can not handle the problems well. I find them mean (sorry to say). Is there any relation between education and open mindness? Do you also come across such type of people?
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@nurseclare (2210)
• Philippines
2 Aug 11
I am open minded but I can't handle things very well. I am not perfecta and i have my flaws too. :(
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• India
2 Aug 11
Hi nurseclare Open mindness does nothing to do with handle tings. We can not handle things because sometimes they are beyond our limits or may be some other reasons. Second in this world nobody is perfect. Here we are discussing the relation between the education and expanding the horizons of thinking or open mindness.
@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Aug 11
I agree with you. A minds expands and sees many options when educated but when ignorant a person tends to be narrow minds because he is ignorant of the options. A teacher will press a students mind to be open minded and see the challenges and different things that life has to offer. I do come across very close minded people and I feel sorry for them.
• India
3 Aug 11
Yes, these close minded person, so called very educated are totally wastage for the society. If they really get educated in the real sense they can prove to be very beneficial to the society and to their country.
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Aug 11
Education is important for expanding ones mind.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
22 Aug 11
Well education can be the path to being open minded. When you really think about it and when you really use it as it really should be. Encouraging students to think for themselves, to draw their own conclusions, to engage their minds. Allow a bit of flexibility for the students to reach answers in a way that really can get their minds really moving. There are a lot of times where education can really lead to people gaining a more enlightened view on life, that will allow them to draw the best conclusions possible. However is is not always the case. There are people who are educated and the way that they are educated are forcing them to think in a certain, restricted way. There are many people who are going to really not think all that well and they are not going to be able to handle new situations. There are many times where educational is sticking to a strict, restrictive curriculum that can close the mind. Therefore highly educated might not mean open minded and people are forced into a tight box that is hard to get out.
• India
24 Aug 11
Well said megamatt
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
19 Aug 11
Agreed that education does open the mind but not neccessarily as i have also come upon persons who are highly educated but are narrow minded.I feel that one should also meet people socially and also travel extensively within ones country and also to foreign countries just to see how people live in their respective countries. I too had a rather narrow perspective in life when i was working in my country but when i went to work abroad and also when i visited USA my vision opened up and i became broadminded and could see life through the eyes of others.Reading widely books on different cultures also helps to get openminded.
• India
24 Aug 11
Hi veejay You are right working with different people expand your thinking and you start looking to the life from their perspective. Reading good books also widens your horizons of thinking.
@picjim (3003)
• India
3 Aug 11
There is a direct relationship between education and open mindedness.But some educated haven't developed their social skills.I back you on that.But there are many uneducated who are in a similar position.Most people who are liberal and open minded are well educated.This is my understanding after meeting various kinds of people in my life.
• India
3 Aug 11
Thanks picjim for sharing your views. It is there that most of the educated person are open minded but some are there who are just wasting his education. For me it is not compulsry that a educated person should do a job or work in some organisation, But if an educated person are at home and raising their kids then also s/he serving the society.
@jdex_143 (1094)
• Philippines
3 Aug 11
I do agree with you.. Education is one way to open mindedness.. We must be pen minded sometimes.. We must consider what others may say.. We might not know, they have a much better idea than us. Anyway, we'll lose nothing if we will just listen to what they would say. :)
• India
3 Aug 11
Sorry jdex_143 i could not get the things what you want to say. Will you please make it clear for me. Thanks
@amitgune (877)
• India
2 Aug 11
I believe education helps the overall development of a human being. Becoming open minded is just a part of it. However I also believe it is a person's own desire to learn through education which is equally important. That finally determines how a person turns out to be. I have met a few people who are highly educated but are complete *****. But they are exceptions though.
• India
2 Aug 11
I think these so called educated person only gains the bookish knowledge but does not use that education to expand their horizons of thinking which is very necessary. Your view point is equally true that there has been a desire to learn.
• Philippines
2 Aug 11
Yes, I agree with you that there's a high correlation between a high level of education, high level of open-mindedness, and logical thinking. However, the environment has to nurture this attitude of open-mindedness and logical thinking too. Who surrounds him are crucial too. If an educated person goes back to a close-minded community, chances are s/he will eventually develop a myopic mentality. It can sometimes happen that a highly educated person becomes more fanatical and close-minded than those who may not equal him in educational attainment. Yes, I have encountered these personality types. But counting, most of those I have encountered were those who were developed further by their education and environment.
• India
2 Aug 11
Hi RBBantiles You are right that the social circle of a person greatly affected his/her mentality and way of thinking. But if a person get the higher education then it means he has to think accordingly and try to develop his other fellows also.
• India
14 Aug 11
Hi meena, education helps to open mind,and think from all views,but some other points also needed like experience,view for life, nature,.so when more than one points are there with education,so it helps to work with open mind.I think so.have a nice day........
@Harmonics (251)
• Philippines
7 Aug 11
Education can contribute to some degree to a person being open minded. It can help a person to be exposed to new ideas that he could use to make a good judgment. On the other hand, education made other people to be close minded. Being open minded carries the character of being able to consider the factual evidence before rejecting any idea. The character of being receptive to new ideas that are true but contradicts a former belief. Such character can also be develop even without formal education.