But while many Americans now recognize what a good education is not, many are unsure exactly what it is.
Former New York school teacher of the year John Taylor Gatto once answered that question in his book Weapons of Mass Instruction. According to Gatto, the sign of a well-educated mind is one that can make connections and is connected to four different things:
Connected to Different Human Styles
Connected to Complex Experiences
Connected to Intellectual Ideas
Connected to Itself (i.e. self-knowledge)
These four connections, Gatto noted, are not a part of the normal educational system. In fact, today's education system seeks to do just the opposite: