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I Don't Think a College Degree Always Indicates Intelligence

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    Old Saying

    My granny used to always say when I was growing " Some of the biggest fools I have seen have been educated fools" lol this is very true we all have them at our jobs sometimes regular joes that work with us or even management that went to school and got a degree in "MANAGEMENT...
    foreversingle30 foreversingle30 31-35, F Nov 9, 2011

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    Plenty of Well Educated Idiots

    I believe there are more ways in life that show it then a degree.
    BeTheBestMe BeTheBestMe 36-40, F 6 Responses Feb 25, 2009

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    Here's the Clincher!

    Three words. George. W. Bush.
    Rob22make3 Rob22make3 41-45, M 6 Responses Oct 1, 2008

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    It Never Indicates Intelligence

    Ok so I do have a degree, yet I hate it when some people seem to think that makes me either (a) more intelligent than those who don't, or (b) up myself! The main issue here is- intelligence is subjective! It means something different to most people, it comes in many different...
    happybutterfly88 happybutterfly88 26-30, F Jun 7, 2013

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    So True

    "If you want to get laid, go to college; if you want an education, go to the library" Frank Zappa
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Sep 26, 2012

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    How True Is This

    There are many people with degrees that lack intelligence. Obtaining a degree simply means that you have the ability to regurgitate information. Tertiary education is no longer about critical thinking and questioning. Obtaining a pass is achieved by providing the lecturer what...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 19, 2012

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    Intelligence Riddle

    Q. What do you call the medical student that graduates at the top of his class?A. Doctor.Q. What do you call the medical student that graduates at the bottom of his class?A. Doctor.With that being said, it isn't about one's education, how many degrees he or she has, it is about...
    WildSpectrumArts WildSpectrumArts 46-50, F 4 Responses Jul 17, 2011

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    Educational attainment is a major goal of mine

    and I want to be formally educated as much as possible. While college degree certainly can open up some career opportunities, it is not the only means to do so. There is vocational and technical school, workforce training, apprenticeship with a major company and then becoming...
    ajrestless ajrestless 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    An Inspiring Person

    For years (and I mean a good number) I worked with someone who had left school when he was 14 - I guess because he simply didn't have time for it. He has had a more profound impact on my life than anyone else, yet no A-levels (as we call them in my part of the world), no degree...
    bornexplorer bornexplorer 36-40, M 2 Responses Aug 31, 2012

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    Education And Intelligence Don'T Always Go Hand In Hand

    I wouldn't say that im a particularly outgoing person, in fact im quite withdrawn, and yet from my many experience's in work, love, and life in general, I've met a wide variety of people from many walks of life. I've listened to their stories and problems, I've heard about their...
    DiesSomnium DiesSomnium 31-35 3 Responses Mar 14, 2013

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    There's Proof All Around

    It's almost too easy to point out. People point to politicians but there's always an ulterior motive for the actions they take so in that sense their actually pretty smart (some of them). They are political and know how to get what they want. Intelligence in turn, can be measured...
    ImToolazyforaWittyUseName ImToolazyforaWittyUseName 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 10, 2012

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    Does It Ever?

    I think a degree shows how you tried to shape your intelligence and what you wanted to do with it.
    Sinaname Sinaname 26-30 Jan 20, 2013

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    I Don't Think A College Degree Always Indicates Intelligence When Looking For A Female For A Loving Anr Or Abf Relationship In Tampa Bay, Fl.

    I am a Single White Male Searching For Open Minded Female In Tampa Bay, Fl . I am a single white male age 58 searching for an open minded female in Tampa Bay, Florida. If you are out there give me a buzz so that we can chat?
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 28, 2013

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    I Know It Doesn't

    This isn't just because I have one. This is because of the vast amount of people that rely mainly on stereotypes and only care about the socioeconomic potential of a particular degree. And it gets even worse with the job title that often come with the degree, such as Engineer for...
    Tummie Tummie 26-30, M 1 Response May 7, 2012

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    Cute Story

      What Is Intelligence, Anyway?       By Isaac Asimov   What is intelligence, anyway? When I was in the army, I received the kind of aptitude test that all soldiers took and, against a normal of 100, scored 160. No one at the base had...
    mefirstGIMME mefirstGIMME 22-25, F 7 Responses Nov 2, 2008

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    Sometimes, Quite The Opposite.

    I've had numerous jobs over the course of my life, from laborer in a construction operation to project manager at a major financial firm. The least intelligent people I met were at the financial firm, not the construction operation.
    DarknessCalls DarknessCalls 41-45, T 1 Response Aug 13, 2012

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    It Doesn't Always Mean You're Any Smarter.......

    I sometimes refer to myself as an educated idiot when I pull off some stupid stunt.
    chillsdavis chillsdavis 56-60, M Aug 23, 2013

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    College Student, It Is.

    I had a stressful day today and we'll be looking forward to more stressful days. I really don't get it. Why do they have to give such health-deteriorating assignments and projects. I know that they'll really be of help but please, what I'm asking here are real life solutions and...
    silinglabuyo silinglabuyo 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 4, 2013

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    Thats why i'm dropping out.

    College isnt for everyone.
    Lalafancy Lalafancy 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 25

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    Sarah Palin

     has a college degree. Nuff said.
    cutefactory cutefactory 36-40, F 11 Responses Aug 24, 2009

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    College Degrees Definitely Don't Matter

    It's hard to get a job without a degree today, so many people are going back to school whether they are intelligent or not. Intelligence seems to be irrelevant.Plus, my grandfather always likes to boast that he has 2 Master's degrees but he lacks so much common sense. He is very...
    BlankPage123456787 BlankPage123456787 70+, F 6 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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    In fact, I think a college degree makes you

    conform to certain standards and norms... and cliffs and sams... What employers want these days is someone that thinks outside the box. According to a couple tests, I already do that.
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 2

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    Duh, Iz Gats Me Dis Peece O Paper Dat Sez I Is Smart!

    I ken take a loan and let duh Stimilis Bill pay it fors me bkuz May guidanse kounseler ttelds me to gaw tuh kollege.    Naw I have fiddy tousend dullarz to pay to soimewun and I werk at K-mart bkus I be a Garaduate of a Univursitee! Whee haa!
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 11, 2009

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    Agreed!

    I am not college educated. But I am, in my own mind, intelligent without the education behind me. I educate myself with experiences and situations that are thrown at me. I thrive because I will not fail! Knowledge is more than the GPA you have in college or even high...
    MegJgeM MegJgeM 31-35, F 5 Responses Jan 26, 2009

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    I concur but I think it does indicate

    perseverance and a desire for a better life, well at least in my case lol I am not loving school but I do it because apparently that's what society deems necessary for a "successful" future (for those of us that aren't genius material) *just another sheep*
    143ily 143ily 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    How To Get A Job When There Are None

    How To Get A Job When There Are None http://tinyurl.com/9hupo5b That article above is on a group here on EP called The Small Business Experience. I hope you can join us! I think you'll find it interesting.
    BusinessToday BusinessToday 56-60 Sep 2, 2012

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    Diamonds In the Rough Sans Sheepskins, Philistines With Degrees.

    Are there people whose college education was, by and large, a Fail? Emphatically yes!! The problem is too many colleges turning out too many graduates. Too many people doing majors that don't challenge the mind. Like marketing or physiotherapy or education. Too many people go to...
    consa consa 61-65, M 2 Responses May 25, 2010

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    Book Smart And Street Smart Are Two Different Things

    I work with medical residents Some are SSOOOO arrogant, like they just got out of medical school and think they're the ****. They aren't even doctors at this point, but they think they're above everyone else. I can't stand it. And what about people who think an MBA makes them god...
    wtfimik wtfimik 26-30, F Oct 4, 2012

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    baseyou baseyou 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 5

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    College Degree Don't Matter

    I don't think College degree matters because although I went to college I didn't finish course due to moving so not got a degree and some people have called me intelligent.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 1 Response Nov 12, 2011

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    Intelligence Is Different Than Educated

    I view intelligence as how quickly someone can grasp a concept, learn, and think logically. You can be very intelligent but due to circumstances you can also be ignorant. A child can be highly intelligent and due to lack of life experiences and education can be ignorant...
    SelfMadeGeek SelfMadeGeek 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 12, 2012

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    Pfft!

    I know a lot of people without college degrees and they are some of the smartest people I know. Graduating college is great and all, but that doesn't mean you're smart. It means you're good at the subjects you took and were able to pass them. But unless one of your courses was...
    mimsy2 mimsy2 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 17, 2008

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    If it wasn't for the fact

    that you need it for a well paying job... I work in a restaurant with my mom and you want to know what she makes in a good week? $1000. You want to know what she has a degree in? Paralegal studies...
    SurpriseMeToday SurpriseMeToday 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    I Cry Everytime I Think Of Africa

    Here are some sources that you should look to educate yourself: 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw12KGSj53k 2. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~elias/scramble_africa_stelios_elias.pdf 3. http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/reports/2011/1/africa%20economy%20agi...
    Freeindividual Freeindividual 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 3, 2013

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    Critical Thinking Skills/ Life Experience/ Common Sense Go A Long Way Too!

    I do have a college degree, but I would never ever put down a person who didn't, and go around acting as though I'm better/smarter than them (I actually have family members who do this!!). A degree certainly helps people to analyze problems better, and it definitely shows hard...
    freespirit8123 freespirit8123 26-30 3 Responses Mar 4, 2013

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    I'm not bragging about myself

    but I've always been a good student and going to college was a big dream of mine. I was bullied in highschool (and before) and I naively thought that college will be a place full of people eager to learn , smart and open-minded. Now, I'm more aware of the reality. College gives...
    aloysia aloysia 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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    College

    you're always told that you can be whatever u want. The possibilities are literally endless. Sometimes I wonder if all this choice is such a good thing. Anyway, growing up I always heard this mantra, but its not quite as accurate as it seems. Granted I "could" be whatever I want...
    iambatman33 iambatman33 16-17, M Aug 22, 2012

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    It Certainly Doesn't Indicate Discernment

    Having have interacted with people who've succeeded at university, not of all them coincide with my idea of intelligence. Of course, there are all kinds of definitions and types of intelligence, but the kind of intelligence possesses the most significence to me astuteness...
    theTheodore theTheodore 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 4, 2012

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    College Is A Means To An End, Not A Measure Of Intelligence.

    I went to college for a year. I hated every second. The people there were no more intelligent than I was yet they acted superior and pretentious. The classes didn't teach the way I learned and had standards that made no logical sense to me. I spent a lot of time studying and...
    GodnDogGirl GodnDogGirl 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 10, 2013

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    There are so many careers

    that I don't believe you don't need a college degree for, honestly.
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    Intelligence Is A Spectrum

    That's for 3 main reasons: Some people want to go to college and don't get the chance for whatever reason; some are smart but would rather be doing something else than college; and some are intelligent in the ways of the world, life experience, or things that deviate from logic...
    bamminer bamminer 31-35, M Jun 7, 2013

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    Child Like Intelligence

    It makes me wonder that the ones who are intelligent are the ones who appear innocent and who are like children.   They look at life as if they dont know anything or barely anything.  It mgiht be like the empty cup story ,  that inorder to see things clearly we need to...
    reflectivemind reflectivemind 31-35, M 8 Responses May 29, 2013

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