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I Don't Think a College Degree Always Indicates Intelligence

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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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    There is fine thin line between knowledge

    and education. Once you comprehend this line, you can balance both; because we are well aware of the fact that 'Intelligence is not the ability to store information for time being and forget it later.' While I had been away from education for quite some time, my passion for...
    hiddentears hiddentears 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 16

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    Definitely agree! I am in college myself,

    but it does not determine how you apply yourself in the work place! I disagree with all these standardized testings and such -.- Everyone doesn't learn and apply themselves the same.. clearly.
    ModifiedMamaofTwo ModifiedMamaofTwo 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 10

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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 36-40, F 5 Responses Jan 26, 2009

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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 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 4, 2014

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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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    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 70+, M 8 Responses May 29, 2013

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    I've met educated people with degrees

    who are still as thick as pigshit. And I've met people with limited education who are extremely intelligent. Education doesn't have to be formal.
    usernameinneed usernameinneed 26-30, M 4 Responses Jul 27

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    Nope. I don't personally know people with

    degrees but I've heard stories and, more importantly, I've known some dumb honor/AP students when I was at school. It just seems, as is my hypothesis, that these people make the effort and/or have the talent for an area or so of expertise but the rest of their head is unused...
    Ewashere Ewashere 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 14

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    I think intelligence is gained mostly from life

    and based on the understanding of generalized information. I have several myself but without them I would and most that know me would say that I was intelligent. My degree's are in IT but I can talk about most subjects to a degree of knowledge that I have gained in life not...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 3 Responses Oct 17, 2014

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    I've known a lot of educated idiots over the

    years. It's especially irritating to find some people with degrees being arrogant about it, like it makes them better than others.
    Geekynerdgirl Geekynerdgirl 36-40, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    AlyanWazir AlyanWazir 18-21, M Aug 10

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    All it shows is the ability to retain fact

    and demonstrates a desire to study. Although even the latter is questioned when many students party for 3/4 of the year before swatting non stop at the last minute!
    PeterSp8 PeterSp8 41-45, M 1 Response May 22

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    baseyou baseyou 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 5, 2014

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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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    A college degree no longer has true meaning,

    or intrinsic value. A college degree does not mean what it used to mean; it does not hold the same weight. Looking back 40 years ago or so, the amount of people with college degrees made up a small percentage of society. Therefore, a college degree was more meaningful because it...
    TheOrganicOne TheOrganicOne 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 3, 2014

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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 3 Responses Jul 4, 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, 2014

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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 3 Responses Aug 15, 2014

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    It technically does not mean your intelligent

    however, anyone who gets their engineering degree is definitely NOT stupid.
    1proffesorM 1proffesorM 18-21 1 Response Apr 16

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    A college degree does not prove you are smart

    and many think that it does. But it does prove that you are disciplined.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 28

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    I agree with this statement,

    but I think people take it too far. There are strengths and weaknesses to both "grades" and "life experience". Most of the smartest people I have met were college educated. Nevertheless the world sometimes acts as though a person who backpacked through South America is...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 3 Responses Mar 13

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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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    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 18, 2014

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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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    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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    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, 2014

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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 2 Responses Aug 19, 2012

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    Chris Rock dropped out of high school

    when he was in the 10th grade. In my opinion, he is one of the most brilliant comedians and social commentators we have right now. I am in college, a very selective and prestigious college in my area, and I want to get my four-year degree and then continue my education as long...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 27

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    I've noticed how there's

    so many people out there who think that just because you get high marks and do well in school you are automatically smart when in reality that is not the case at all. Just because you have high grades it does not mean that you are mentally and emotionally smart. You can be...
    believexo believexo 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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    University can teach you skill

    and give you opportunity, but it can't teach you sense, nor give you understanding. Sense and understanding are produced within one's soul...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 7

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    Thats why i'm dropping out.

    College isnt for everyone.
    Lalafancy Lalafancy 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 25, 2014

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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 1 Response May 25, 2010

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    I think it is life experience

    that indicates intelligence over Grades.
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616 18-21 4 Responses Mar 13

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    It's a piece of paper

    that you have to live up to or not
    Penguin47 Penguin47 70+, M 1 Response Sep 18, 2014

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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 2 Responses Feb 18, 2014

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    College degree indicates you are a sheepo.

    ..later what you do with it is the real question,your real skills and how you apply the knowledge.
    4biandu 4biandu 31-35, F Oct 31, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    Mossonarock Mossonarock 41-45, M Aug 11

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    At best, what a degree indicates is familiarity

    with a given subject matter and the ability to finish what you started, not an inconsequential thing. It may also indicate an above-average IQ, but all IQ reveals is "academic intelligence" - which doesn't necessarily translate into common sense or street smarts, or into any...
    sumnerkagan sumnerkagan 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 31, 2014

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