To be good in school, you have to be good at absorbing a lot of information and then repeating it back accurately. To do that, you need a good memory, and smart people generally have a good memory. The problem is, the educational system doesn't reward people for questioning or doubting what they're taught, it only rewards them for remembering it.
So, while highly educated people "know" a lot of things, they often aren't very good at critical thinking. And when it comes right down to it, most of the things they think they know are actually beliefs, because they haven't personally verified whether what they think they know is actually true or not. They believe a whole pile of things simply because that's what they were told to believe, and that tends to make them gullible.
"Street smart" people are rarely highly educated, but the things they know, THEY KNOW. They learned most of their important lessons directly from reality, so they have a much keener sense of what's true and what's not.
Definitely agree with your take on "street smarts" which is a combination of hands-on experience and common sense.
I agree with your first paragraph, because that was exactly the way I got through public schools with mostly "A" grade--memorizing facts out of the textbooks and repeating them during exams.
But then in college, I went to engineering school and they taught us how to solve problems (after teaching us in the early semesters as much math and science knowledge we would need to apply toward problem solutions). Those courses were a lot tougher than my school days growing up. But then we were also required to take a few liberal arts courses and I breezed through those by simply memorizing textbook facts and repeating them during exams, just like during the old days.
No. Not all learning takes place in schools or universities. The acquisition of knowledge should be a lifelong endeavor.
My paternal grandmother came to this country not knowing how to speak or read English. She learned to speak it fluently, but it took her a while to learn to read, but read she did and she kept up with the news and current events every day.
Some of the most intelligent people never went to college.
No..because the people teaching them aren't the most intelligent..
No! A girl in my class was really wealthy and her parents had a lot of connections in the school. She didn't have one brain cell but made it through each year thanks to daddy and mommy. That kid was horrible. She had like 3 Birkin handbags and her family had butlers for everything. Don't know what she is now. Probably in an arranged relationship with one or another wealthy business owner.
A lot of them memorize things before finals, after they're over they know nothing
No. They simply try harder. Matter of willpower.
Would you just cut through the bullshit and say what you're trying to imply?