The best way to produce wholly functional, wholly capable of enhancing life, people is to challenge them to take on real responsibilities that will help them realize how little their education matters if it can’t be translated into creating value and solving problems.
Cliche appeals to helping people become “good citizens” or “well-rounded people” or “lovers of knowledge” breeds nothing more than a spirit of entitled intellectual elitism when we artificially insulate students from the real-world pressure of having to demonstrate the relevance of what they know.
Knowledge is good, but you can’t expect other people to reward you and respect you for your knowledge if you aren’t willing to use your knowledge as a tool to serve them.
The purpose of being educated isn’t to make you feel better than other people. The purpose of being educated is to make yourself better at making other people better.