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Hey, I'm really bored so I just feel like ranting about something that has frustrated me greatly over the years. I was looking at the IQ test thread on this forum and it reminded me of something. Of how high school and the education system ( not sure about how it is in the rest of the world) but in North America anyways, rewards people that are the most like sponges.
Yes sponges, this comes to my attention because the way our education system is set up is trying to jam in the most information possible in a set limit of time. Afterwords, you are given a test to make sure you have absorbed the information that you have be taught. Then, right after, you forget all the information and make way for the newer information comming. This happens until exam time when you cram all the information learnt in a semestre for a globalisation of the required subject. The probleme with this method is, they are grading and rewarding students by their level of "Aborbance" that they have. But, in the "Real world" this isn't the case. People judge your preformence over your reaction to things. For exemple. an event that you have not had training occurs, what shall you do? I find that highschool is way too much "hold your hand" type deal and does not in any way prepare you for the cruel world out there.
This brings me to the subject of intelligence. What is it? Well by wikipedias definition:
Intelligence (also called intellect) is an umbrella termused to describe a property of the mind that encompasses many related abilities, such as the capacities to reason, to plan, to solve problems, to think abstractly, to comprehend ideas, to use language, and to learn. There are several ways to define intelligence. In some cases, intelligence may include traits such as creativity, personality, character, knowledge, or wisdom. However, some psychologists prefer not to include these traits in the definition of intelligence.
I really don't see any " ability to absorb information" on this definition. So are we completely missing the mark in highschool? I am an inteligent person, I'm not thinking highly of myself or being cocky, I just have common sence and have those qualitys up there in that definition. I am also told by many people that I am extremely inteligent. But only in some subjects, I find that curious. In math, I am very good, (100% on most tests). Yet in french/english/biology I am only adequate. I believe it is because in math, you can't study for it, you are given a problem and you figure it out, there is only one answer to it, no matter what way you get to it, if you get the answer right you are right. (Well you could study formulas but if you understand math, you don't need to since the formulas do have meaning.) But in the languages or biology it is more retaining information. I honestly never study for anything and hate memorising.
I am against it since I find it does not show your real inteligence, if anything I see it as cheating in a way,( you are cheating only yourself though since you get rewarded in school for doing this.) so maybe I should just cave in? Well so I did, I studyed my ass off for a bio exam, and guess what? I got 98% on it. Yay for me? I am now considered inteligent because I retained a bunch of usless shit. Guess what, I don't remember a thing about that exam because now I deemed that information non-important so it is erased from my brain. But on the other hand, I remember how to do my math, since I understand how to get to the answer instead of just knowing the answer.
I like this analogy: " Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he eats for life."
High school does not represent this analogy.
Again sorry for my bad spelling, english is not my native language (even though one day it probably will be..) and feel free to ask for clarification. And please comment and post your oppinions on this.
Thanks for your time
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