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any lifelong learner is an educated person
I think a degree or a multitude of degrees is often irrelevant. I have a relative who holds a Masters Degree in a very specialized field, yet she is ignorant on the subjects of history, culture, philosophy, natural science and so forth. When discussions take a turn in that area, she yawns and acts aggrieved that everyone else in the room is animatedly engrossed in what she considers such a boring topic. As far as I know, she never picks up a book, unless it is related to her own field.|
On the other hand, my father and mother both only held a high school diploma, along with a few courses in business, but both of them were a fountain of knowledge on a wide range of subjects, including linguistics, history, science, etiquette and travel. Even though my father has been deceased for 6 years now, he is still cited on Internet Ornithology sites for his expertise and contributions to that field, and he wrote a monthly article in the "Florida Naturalist" journal.
And I do agree that education means getting much more than book knowledge. It means having the ability to apply that knowledge and to function in a changing world, and it also means acquiring the social graces. In Chinese academia, we call such a person an "all-arounder."