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Posted by ÐiamonÐ on Apr 8th, 2011

Education is highly valued in almost every infrastructure all across the globe. Parents argue that by taking courses, doing homework and school-related projects, and being tested on those topics with short second-party access to informative sources, one can become smarter at said subject. Parents often argue that the one way to become generally smarter is by taking higher education - that outside of high school, such as university.

Do these higher educational institutions truly provide an outlet for smarter people? Do they actually help us become more knowledgeable about the outside world? Are we, as an inherent product upon finishing such establishment, apt to greater intelligence than that of peoples who did not attend universities?

As controversial as it sounds, I maintain the answer: no. We do not become smarter nor should we think for a second that we do. To think that we instantly become smarter by attending classes and acing tests is ignorant if not dangerous, since we close ourselves to the possibility that we may not know enough. As one grows of age, the opportunity to gain experiences flourishes, but does one seriously think that everyone grasps for that opportunity of wisdom? Can you not name some 50-60 year old politicians in your country who have remarkably immature stances when it comes to the use of rhetoric and informal logical fallacies? Could you point towards child prodigies who have far exceeded those in their age group?

Age does not access your actual aptitude, but more-so only gives the chance to gain knowledge and have empirically-based experiences. In the same light, university does not offer it's subjects intelligence, but the opportunity to gain such intelligence. For example, various student organized groups permit students to congregate and discuss on a social level, applying what they knew in high school, various low-paying jobs, etc. into community service or competitive fronts such as Mock Trial or Model U.N. Do most people actually take the jump and attend these events? Do many students find curiosity in attending colloquies, challenging their questioning ability and granting inspiration to potential future contenders of the field, or enter a library with nearly infinite resources and information hubs to gain an understanding on said subject matter?

The answer, yet again, is no.

I am deeply bothered by how one suspects a college graduate to be smart or worldly given their bachelor's degree. True, only 1/3 of all people in my country are within the grasp of this type of education, but this 1/3 is not better nor more intelligent than the people who did not enter these facilities. It what the student or individual does outside of the book work or class - the individual must have curiosity and strive for greater understanding completely self-willingly. One could argue that entering a higher education is the largest waste of money, given that a highly patient and focused individual could open books on topic matter in a public library and know more than the person attending class half-awake, who hastily read the classes' readings 5 minutes before class. True, this is an exaggeration: but it is clear that if one sought for knowledge and actively pursued it, it becomes a second nature to them. They find a closer proximity to intelligence given that they actively want it, and this is what makes one intelligent. The chance for experience is not equivalent to experience itself, and legislatures should assess this discrepancy when providing it's citizens with laws restricting access to resources on the basis of age or educational background - since these things prove little.

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Minuit Apr 17 2011 says:

Yeah, but on the other hand, nah.

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YourFreakingMother Jul 8 2011 replied:

Wow, such a remarkably descriptive comment deserve something. Minuit, you are my hero and my model to follow, i bow to you.And i wank to your pictures.

Nah, but seriously, you suck badly, and you are a disgusting homophobic douche.

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Minuit Jul 10 2011 replied:

Provide evidence of homophobia. Here's some evidence of you using a homophobic word:

chainsawdismemberer Jul 8 2011, 5:22pm says:

Sorry if that looked like whining, but my other post, simply, disappeared, so it looks like i was a mad ***.

(by the way, it disappeared because I deleted the comment, because you have nothing interesting or clever to say. Stop pretending to be misanthropic, you silly child)

Also, you have a **** taste in music.

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Sliderp Apr 24 2011 says:


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_Erebus_ Apr 27 2011 says:

Well put.

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TheUnbeholden Oct 30 2011 says:

I was always interesting in getting a good education but I was always trying to fight my other problems. I finally controlled my problems enough to go to a school but I still find myself procrastinating alot. Do I want to learn? Yes.
So some people have the desire for knowledge just have other problems getting in the way & may seek it through other means rather than a higher education.
(Like medical/location/financial problem)
Another point is not everyone has what it takes to do tests... they can do fine in terms of study, but on a exam they could draw a mental blank and that means instant failure. They would seek other ways to study if they truly want to learn.
And if what DiamonD is saying is true, that a Bachelors degree (knowledge on a subject) /=/ Intelligence.. then you simply have to judge for yourself who's intelligent and who's based off what they do (in their free time), what sort of person they seem to you, and their many other credentials rather then just a bachelors degree (it would denote that they continually seek knowledge & have a initiative, curiosity, and determination).
So I agree :-)

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