Have you wondered why Asians are so smart? I don’t … because the answer is so freaking obvious. Most Asians grow up in environments where they are motivated and encouraged to learn, more than any other race.
Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.
According to my handy dandy ‘Dictionary of Misinformation’, there is more to learn in an edition of the LA Chronicles than two weeks of gossip a century ago. Obviously, that does not mean in any way that we’re any smarter right now than our ancestors. No, it just means we’re much more resourceful. Just because Monet does not know how the basic composition of a cell does not mean he is less intelligent than than a middle school student. Thus, the first truth of intelligence is simple; knowledge is important, but the acquisition of knowledge is more important.
At school, it is likely that you are being forced to remember facts – that you’ll forget by summer – for the sake of a grade. It’s really stupid. Why learn something unhappily that you’re eventually going to forget. Thus, I think that we should be nurtured such that we feel self propelled into wherever our curiosity points. Of course, that doesn’t mean that we should stop trying to teach kids the def. of the pythagorean theorem, but rather we should encourage self driven determination to learn. In the real world, the ability to recite previously learned facts is almost useless. However, the aptitude to learn and the motivation to learn is almost priceless.
I admit, this is a hefty goal that will discombobulate our current educational system. The bottom line is: “Teach and inspire.”