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Why is it that education doesn't make most people smart?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Narkcop, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. Narkcop


    Jan 12, 2003
    In my experience education level does not equate to smart. Look how the mainstream media influences the sheeple who by and large are well educated. One example is how people are buying into this notion of bombing Syria because the media is telling them "It's the right thing to do". That is now the catch phrase of this bunch of KOOKS.:steamed:
  2. bigdogmurph

    bigdogmurph Lifetime Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    hardy va.
    As Ron White would say, you can't fix stupid.

  3. farscott


    Apr 6, 2003
    Athens, AL, USA
    Who says that most Americans are well-educated? Most are functionally illiterate, cannot do basic math (ever watch people make change or compute a tip??), and have no understanding of basic physics. Combine that with people who have an agenda and you get where we are.
  4. LoadToadBoss

    LoadToadBoss IYAAYWOT

    Apr 24, 2008
    Northwest Louisiana
    knowledge does not equal wisdom.
  5. gommer


    Feb 20, 2011
    Because education shows your ability to learn.

    Being intelligent means you can figure it out.
  6. Fear Night

    Fear Night NRA Life Member

    Dec 18, 2005
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Because our education system revolves around memorization and regurgitating what you memorized on a test. Memorization capability does not equate to intelligence.

    It's like the age old question, who is more intelligent, a doctor or an engineer?

    I know doctors that wouldn't even know where to begin to change the oil on their car. Even if the engineer didn't know how to do it, they could figure it out.
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  7. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

    Oct 3, 2000
    Lakeland, FL.
    We don't teach our children how to learn we teach them what to learn.
  8. Even a truly well educated person is not necessarily smart. There may be a lack of ability to apply that education to real world situations.
  9. Herzeleid

    Herzeleid Kein Mitleid

    May 29, 2013
    Intelligence - the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

    Sometimes, you can't teach folks how to apply that knowledge and skills they picked up from whatever education they received....
  10. FL Airedale

    FL Airedale Dog Breath

    May 21, 2011
    North-Central Florida
    That is an excellent explanation. :agree:

    I work with a lot of highly educated people, many with doctorates.

    Some of them are brilliant. Others, I wonder how they dress themselves before they come to work.

    Some of the highly educated think they already know enough and shouldn't have to figure out anything.
  11. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

    Dec 5, 2002
    Dallas TX
    Being able/wanting to change ones own oil is not a sign of intelligence. I bet with time a chimp could be trained to do it.
  12. automatic slim

    automatic slim Walmart Shopper

    May 28, 2007
    Disputed Territory
    This is a highly complicated subject, that I know nothing about...

  13. blackjack


    Jan 22, 2000
    Sand Springs OK
    And wisdom and common sense are even more valuable when combined with education and intelligence. It's a rare mix, though.
  14. Fear Night

    Fear Night NRA Life Member

    Dec 18, 2005
    Sweet Home Alabama
    That's completely not the point. The point is, with any problem thrown at them, the intelligent person should be able to work to solve the problem on their own, with little to no training involved. Changing oil is just a very simple example of thousands that could be used.

    Yes, with training even a chimp or the dumbest in our society could do most tasks, but that does not make them an intelligent problem solver.
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  15. SC Tiger

    SC Tiger Big, educated kitty cat!

    Aug 27, 2011
    South Carolina
    Intelligence is the limit on how much you can be taught. Education is teaching you the stuff.

    Think of it like this - intelligence is the size of the glass, and with education you fill the glass.

    However, I believe there are several different types of intelligence. There are probably doctors who could describe every aspect of the human heart, and diagnose and (within current technology) cure any disease or condition affecting it. However, they probably could not change their own oil or wire a house. Likewise, there are probably very brilliant automotive engineers out there that do not change their own oil or even work on their own car. My own brother-in-law is a controls electrician, but doesn't like to mess with house wiring.

    But that begs the question - is it because they cannot figure it out, or is it because they are wealthy enough to pay someone else to do it, too busy to have time to do it, and don't have any interest in doing it themselves? Mechanical things (for the doctor example) just don't interest everybody. And perhaps the engineer just doesn't want to do it.

    There are a few things I pay to have done that I could do myself, just because I don't want to do it.
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  16. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    I think generally people who are smarter tend to be more educated, but I agree not always.
  17. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    I agree with you. Education is not the same as intelligence. Intelligence may be wasted if you don't have the education to use it and education may be wasted if you don't have the intelligence to use it, but their relationship to one another is like an engine and fuel, the intellect being the engine and education being the fuel. These days, education is a lot more common then intelligence and it is often wasted on stupid people.

    As for Syria, it depends on what you mean by "right." Is it a question answered on moral, practical, legal, etc. grounds?
  18. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    I am reminded of some rocket scientists (yes real rocket scientists) I knew who would often come to work wearing two different color socks or shoes, or with their t-shirt inside out. And these guys were military officers.

    They were good at what they did for a living though. :trek:

    Happyguy :)
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  19. SC Tiger

    SC Tiger Big, educated kitty cat!

    Aug 27, 2011
    South Carolina
    A lot of problem solving comes from experience, not just "intelligence". I know some complete morons who could replace a head gasket but can barely do math. They have been around it their entire lives and just know how to do it.
  20. Fear Night

    Fear Night NRA Life Member

    Dec 18, 2005
    Sweet Home Alabama
    It depends. The doctors I know, some of which are in my wife's family, will just throw their hands up in frustration with anything related to technology. Some can't even figure out how to sync their iPhone to their PC, or clear a paper jam, let alone get into the engineering side of technology. I can assure you these individuals wished they could work well with technology, but they are forced to seek outside help.

    Open up Eclipse and tell them to code a "Hello World" program, which would be a complete laughable joke for any engineer, and they would probably throw the monitor out the window.

    Their minds would be blown if they knew just how deep that rabbit hole goes. When I try to explain to them what I do at work, I just get a blank stare like what I said went right over their head.
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