What it means to be an educated person in the 21st-century

An educated person is one who has fully developed their personal and unique potential and has the confidence, initiative, and resourcefulness to take responsibility for their place as a citizen in the world. 

The following are integral academic attributes of an educated person for the 21st century 

  • Literacy and language development; the ability to clearly articulate ideas, think critically, and communicate both orally and in writing 
  • An ability to think creatively and to use analysis and logic to solve problems 
  • A clear understanding of mathematical concepts and how they relate to the world 
  • An ability to observe, gather, organize, and analyze information 
  • Significant knowledge of history, geography, language, and cultural practices, both locally and globally 
  • An understanding of the major concepts underlying the physical, earth, and life sciences, and working knowledge of scientific inquiry and method 
  • Ability to express oneself artistically 

The following are significant personal attributes of an educated person for the 21st century 

  • A sense of self that provides inner strength, confidence, and fortitude 
  • Perseverance and the ability to focus on the challenges of working on tasks to completion   
  • Confidence, compassion, and social conscience; a deep respect for the environment 
  • Self-respect to help create and maintain healthy relationships and work cooperatively with others  
  • Enthusiasm, open-minded inquiry, and curiosity; lifelong learning capability and intrigue 
  • Knowledge of the political/social processes at work locally, nationally, and internationally 
  • A sense of aesthetics and an appreciation for the arts and music 

In addition to offering the core subject areas of English Language Arts and literacy, world languages, arts, mathematics, science, geography, history, social-science, Blue Oak places a high priority on the development and awareness of the 21st Century Interdisciplinary Themes as stated by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  

These themes echo the outcomes found in “The Survey of Waldorf Graduates, Phase II” indicating that Waldorf Education is achieving the following in its graduates:  

  • Multiple intelligences and cross-disciplinary learners  
  • Global consciousness and knowledge of sustainable practices  
  • The basis for moral navigation  
  • Creative problem solving  
  • High levels of social intelligence  
  • Environmental stewardship  
  • High levels of emotional intelligence