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Does going to school and having good grades makes one intelligent?

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“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

There are three types of education, which are; Formal, Informal and Non-formal Education. These three kinds of education, all boils down to building one's intelligence. You don't have to be in school or get your grade alone to be intelligent.

Getting good grades in school shouldn't be a measure of one's intelligence even though school or education has its way of impacting knowledge into an individual, and if one cannot apply the knowledge and skill he or she has been taught, then the intelligence is nothing but empty.

Being intelligent is when you can think, learn from experience, solve problems and adapt to new situations. An ability to apply knowledge and skill!

This is more like a person who has just changed environment and because he is just new to the area, he refused to step out to find things to do to survive and he gives the excuse that he is still new and does not know any place around. Instead of using his intelligence skill by moving out to seek opportunities, he is grounded only in his house and gives excuses.

This made me remember my last teaching practice some months ago. My supervisor came to check on us where we were observing our practice and it's so shameful for a 400 level student not to give solutions to a pupil with a career problem as a counselor in training. My supervisor was disappointed in her and was like “with all you were taught in the school, you couldn't practice them outside the school.”

This is embarrassing and when she collects her certificate, she would also be claiming a graduate in Guidance and Counselling. That was a waste of years in the University.

We have many great people who didn't go to school or even dropped out and they developed one or two things which we are benefiting from today. Being intelligent is when you can solve critical problems in the best way without being frustrated to leave it halfway unless you'd give it or proffer the best solution to it.

We have many graduates out there who can't even defend themselves by making use of their intelligence quotient (IQ) to solve a particular problem even in their field of study.

What makes a person intelligent?

Someone with a non-formal education can still be intelligent and this is to tell you that every human being is intelligent as long as you can practice the knowledge and skill you have been taught anywhere apart from school. Three things make one develop his or her intelligence and they are;

Curiosity: This is the ability to explore something you'd wanted to know about. We all would always come across a particular subject or topic that would want to make us know more about it.

Passion: Once you can identify something you crave and want to understand more in-depth, you have to develop a passion for it, or else, you might get tired after some time and that is the end. When you are passionate about a thing, you would want to put in your best to achieve a good and reasonable result.

Desire to learn: You can't desire something you never had a passion for. It is what you are curious to know, developing a passion for it and desiring to learn till you understand better.

Of these three things, I would say one is intelligent.

There are different areas where we are intelligent on. Just like the lady I talked about above, she might not be intelligent in that area but trust me, she can solve other problems and adapt to new situations for which she has a passion for.

It is not until you attend the best school or own a good grade that you can be intelligent, there are areas where an individual would exhibit his or her intelligence and you'd wondered how on hell does he do it without visiting the four walls of the classroom? It's possible as long as you can understand life's experiences, solve the problems and adapt to new situations. That is it!

Thanks for your time.

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I read the title had an answer and bam you had my answer in 2nd paragraph haha. It was a good read and gave me inspiration to write an article on a similar but different topic.

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3 months ago

Wow! I am glad you are inspired by my article. I will definitely bump into your post.

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3 months ago

That's not a qualification for being intelligent...I disagree with that. I have encountered so many graduates who doesn't have this common sense but have only grammars they speak.

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3 months ago

Naso... They are plenty everywhere and you'd wondered why they went to school 😅

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3 months ago

It's possible as long as you can understand life's experiences, solve the problems and adapt to new situations.

This said it all! It's all centered on practicalising what you know in solving a problem. It's not about just knowing it

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3 months ago

Knowing it isn't enough than you putting it into practice.

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3 months ago

Knowing it isn't enough than you putting it into practice.

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3 months ago

You are right, what determines our intelligence is not that we have the best grades in class. To be intelligent, one has to be able to tackle real life problems effectively

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3 months ago

Exactly 💯

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3 months ago

Intelligence of a human is not totally based on their education. It's the experiences also or the learnings from their ownselves. Individuals are different. Everyone has intelligence it's depend on how they use and improve it. Have a nice day princess.

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3 months ago

You are definitely right and this is what that is important. We must be able to solve problems with skills we have learnt even while in school.

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3 months ago

Being intelligent is when you can think, learn from experience, solve problems and adapt to new situations. An ability to apply knowledge and skill!

This words are very much accurate to be considered as a person with a right education. educate people through experience not by just in writing in a piece of paper

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3 months ago

That is it. Anything aside those terms doesn't qualify one as being intelligent even if you go to school and obtain the highest grades.

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3 months ago

Intelligence never lies in the books , grades or high medium schools. It is done thing natural, by birth and by executing the Hurdles with best ways.

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3 months ago

Exactly. My point too. Thanks so much

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3 months ago

Our knowledge and intelligence can be acquired first at home, next at school, and the majority from real experiences.. Education is not the sole basis..mostly become smart from self-experiences and their own ways of learning.

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3 months ago

You are right. Thanks for your contribution.

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3 months ago

Grades don't define intelligence but it has a 'say' when we apply for a job.

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3 months ago

You are right. Thank you

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3 months ago

Perhaps we should study about Bill Gates and Steve Jobs who either dropped out from college or failed to secure good grades, but still they were amongst the intelligent people.

Intelligence is something that is God gifted.

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3 months ago

Excellent! There are many of them out there. It's all about applying to solve problems.

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3 months ago

Grades doesn't define a person's intelligent sometimes it's the deed and decision that says

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3 months ago

You are right

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3 months ago

Great article one's intelligent should not be measured by his performance in school

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3 months ago

Thank you 😊

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3 months ago

I think all these qualities are present in my personality it means that I am an intelligent person

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3 months ago

Great. We need to identify that in us to conclude if we are intelligent or not.

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3 months ago

It is so funny how most people spend their time attending school without paying attention or even wanting to know the reason why there are there. Education still remains a stepping stone to greatness because even those who dropped out to secure a better life out of the educational sphere still applies what they learnt in school.

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3 months ago

It is all by applying what you have learnt that brings about someone being intelligent. Thanks for your feedback.

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