I like this thought: "Only educated are free". (Epictetus)
Education is not about indocrination or unification of thinking.
Education opens our minds, forces us to search for truth, work with different ideas critically.
I think that an educated person is free from prejudices and imposed opinions.
Thus, educated person is not afraid to be original, free to tell his own point of view, wise to listen to the interlocutor.
"as for me, an educated person is open-minded, he would never judge or slam people he knows and doesn't know". - this statement is controversal, isn't it?
people judge and condemn each other, all of them, consciously or not, we give our assessment.
In this case, it turns out that there are no educated people at all.
I think It's all about standards too. I mean you can consider some people as educated only because of their qualification. F.e., our parents don't consider educated children without specialty. But we have non-standart personalities who are simply not interested in obtaining a diploma. F.e., almost the entire list of rich people in the world.
In my opinion, it is more important to follow inclinations and beliefs, and worthy knowledge can be obtained without institute now.
But let's be honest!
We would be more critical of ourselves, feel less comfortable if we hadn't had at least a bachelor's degree.
I personally would not consider myself educated without a diploma, this piece of paper. It's psycology to consider yourself smarter or more educated with a document, understanding that it does not mean anything (especially if you look at your classmates).