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.

Becoming educated is why college was created. To increase someones knowledge about a certain subject while also creating a well rounded individual in every other subject. Learn the basics of everything while diving into the specifics of one topic or subject. The United States is failing at this aspect by requiring less and less of its college/university graduates and requiring more and more of their money.
SelfMadeGeek SelfMadeGeek 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 12, 2012

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Thank you for your comments. It's good to hear the views of someone who has experience on both sides of the educational spectrum.

Well put. I am a college professor who was educated in the late 70s and early 80s as an undergraduate. I have been following the US educational system since I participated as a graduate research fellow in an international project (1982 to 84) comparing math, science, and English achievement in the 5th, 9th, and 12th grades, between 17 counties, including the US.

At the time, we came out tied for last or dead last on every measure except one in the 5th grade. That put us at about 15th in the world. More and more such studies have been done, and now we are ranked somewhere between 21st and 45th, depending on who is doing the measuring.

It's funny, people under the age of about 35 just don't want to believe that the K12 system and colleges used to be significantly harder. For instance, about half the university students I taught from 05 to 08, at a very good university, would have never been aloud entrance to that university when I attended as an undergrad in the 70s. A more challenging and selective K12 and college system in those days meant that those entering colleges had more of skills you discuss--more students knew the basics so university classes could fill in the details, and promote analytical and problem solving skills. Hard courses also meant students had to think more and develop better problem solving skills. More students were simply interested in knowledge for knowledge’ sake. If you go back to the 50s and further, university was only for really serious and scholarly people—except for the ever-present playboy sons of the rich.

Now except for private colleges/universities and a few very good public universities in the US, it's all about stuffing classrooms with as many students as possible, sky-high tuition, and easy As in courses gutted of knowledge, thinking, or work ethic requirements.

In my Academic Writing course, for instance, I basically had to give out almost all As—otherwise someone might be depressed (the poor little darlings). If I marked as I should have most of my students would have gotten Cs, Ds, and Fs. I am an expert academic writer, writing teacher, and editor—so it was sort of demeaning to my skill level to babysit these undergraduates. I loved them, but since I couldn’t actually teach them anything, most of them couldn’t write their way out of a paper bag after finishing my class and getting an A.

Because I am a professor I view intelligence as the ability to explain complex concepts in a crystal clear way, but without dumbing them down.

I think you are well equipped to succeed and miles ahead of most people your age.