But I Was Told I Was Smart!

The gist of a message in a recent post:

In school everybody said I was smart! But what happened? I know longer feel smart! Have I failed somehow?

Smart is not necessarily being ‘book smart!’

It is not even maybe being ‘information smart!’


It is in my opinion, it is being ‘street smart’ gained from ‘experience’ and living life to it’s fullest!

Information is not knowledge … Experience is knowledge……. Albert Einstein

and he also said,

Imagination is more important than knowledge… For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand…… while imagination embraces the entire world……… and all there ever will be to know and understand.

I was told that I wasn’t smart and I would never go to college and amount to anything of importance!
Just an average or below kind of guy!

Well! Up There’s!

Nurture trumps Nature in my opinion!
Our brain never stops building it’s neural networks if challenged through learning, doing, and experiencing new and better things thru ‘life’ experiences!


21 thoughts on “But I Was Told I Was Smart!

  1. I was one of those “smart kids” in school who took advanced classes, won academic awards, was on the honor roll, got bonus points for writing extra-long essays….The pet of the teachers, the bane of my peers. But as I got older, I began to falter, failing classes (especially math) despite maintaining a level of intellectual superiority over my contemporaries. Why? I realized that our public school system was teaching me the wrong things.

    In particular, I disagreed with the history, biology, health, and psychology classes. A shame indeed, because I liked most of those teachers; yet they too were taught many of the wrong things. Originally set on the “College Prep” course by my school guidance counselor, my parents (especially my mother) was absolutely livid when I switched to the “Tech Prep” course instead. Tech Prep being shorthand for no college prospects, which my mom considered synonymous with special needs.

    Fortunately, I never had any intention of going to college. It’d be a waste of my time and money. Everyone always told me I should go to college and be a doctor, a scientist, or a lawyer. But why? Why should I limit myself? Why should I pigeonhole myself into one speciality field? I’ll always love learning, but I firmly believe that when you narrow your field, you narrow your mind. College students are some of the most arrogant and narrow-minded people I’ve ever met.

    I’d rather be a preacher or a priest.

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      1. Me? Classy? Ha! 🙂 Although I sincerely thank you for the sentiment! Google just tried autocorrecting “sentiment” to “sediment”, and then it tried autocorrecting the word “autocorrecting” to “OMG”….Kinda strange…..

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    1. You’ve got that right!

      I was a computer consultant for over 25 years and never had a college level computer course.

      I developed, led and implemented almost 100 programs and managed projects from 6 to 50+ college-graduated computer types.

      I had s Indian programmer who had a doctorate in computer science and I had to move him off the project cause he could not complete a simple report program.

      Indian programmers are very good and well trained!

      I can not figure out how he had a BS, MS and PhD from a quality school but could not complete a simple report task!

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      1. Barbera, I am not at all surprised…
        Indian education system does not encourage independent thinking. It produces gold medalists or spell bee winners who are like machines.
        For Indian parents and teachers getting highest marks is all that matters.
        My husband takes interview for freshers in software. In the beginning they chat about their last semister. Candidates are not able to answer any questions related to their syllabus. They just mugged up and wrote exam.
        But now things are changing. My brother left his engineering college after 1year. Joined software diploma course for 3years and in three consecutive years he was awarded the best employee.
        My sister’s hubby did civil engineering, because parents wanted a secure job with good money. But after finishing his college, he has been working for media(radio, TV , newspaper) for the last 14 – 15 years and has a very good reputation.
        I teach few school children hindi language at home. One boy among them is the fastest learner and always gets highest marks in his class. But if you give him to write 20 lines about his Christmas holidays… he struggles a lot. Mother has set clear goals for him to get highest marks in the class.
        Upto some extent Indian social structure is also responsible for this kind of thinking. Fathers are under lots of debt for educating their kids, so no one cares for kid’s creativity. Marriage of a girl also costs 4-5 lakhs with ridiculous unnecessary expenses and rituals . So again another debt… Boy has the responsibility of whole family…. so basically no one gives a damn…

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      2. The education systems seem to be going down hill fast. Left-brain education systems when we need imaginative and creative right-brain types!

        Our education system is geared to teaching students to pass a standardized test so that the schools and teachers look good!

        We have the most expensive system in the world, spent more per student, and have maybe the highest paid teachers!

        Yet we are far behind the other developed nations in test scores.

        Last year our average scores dropped 7 points

        We are creating people to become mindless robots that just follow orders.

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    1. Yes! That’s the problem.

      The powers to be don’t want people that are creative and can think!

      No! They want people that follow orders!

      No child left behind really means very few children should get ahead!

      That’s just my opinion!

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