Is wanting to learn and just being smart the same thing?

My dad is talking to my sister about her grades, and started dragging in other people. I'm an A student, and he was talking, sort of, about people who want to learn and all.

I am smart, ok, booksmarts, whatever.

But does that mean i want to learn?

I hate class, I hate school in general, I only like magic in my books, am i some kind of freak?


6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    They are not the same thing and you are not a freak.

    In my view being educated means that you can perceive accurately, think clearly and act effectively on self-selected goals and aspirations. What classroom schooling does, in general, is inhibit accurate perception, muddle thinking and impose goals and aspirations (effectively inhibiting the self-selection option.) Of course, you might occasionally run into a teacher who is inspired and inspires you to overcome those limitations, but it's a rare occurrence.

    I also have to point out in all fairness that many people succeed in achieving an education, in spite of their schooling. But that is because they somehow tapped into their innate learning potential and figured out how to extract what they needed from the system, not because of any property of the system itself.

    The reason that classroom schooling is prone to these flaws is primarily because of the flawed assumption that there is some objective quality of certain activities that makes them educational. The truth is that what makes anything educational is the quality of attention that the learner puts on it.

    It sounds to me as though the quality of attention you put on school work is basically “I’ll jump through their hoops because it keeps them off my back.” The real lesson they are teaching is that they have the power and you don’t, so you should just get along until you get an opportunity to do something better. (The problem is that they have trained you to wait for them to give you the opportunities.)

    I breezed through school with a minimum of fuss but didn’t get grades as good as yours. I went right on to college because I didn’t know what else to do. Then, when I realized in college that I couldn’t fake it any more (and that I had both a talent and passion for working with kids) I left formal schooling behind. It took me a few years to recover from my schooling, but eventually I re-discovered the sheer joy of learning. That healing process informs my teaching and what I write about education, learning and teaching on my web site.

    Below are links to a book called the Teenage Liberation Handbook. I recommend it as a beginning resource for exploring alternatives to what the mainstream of our society teaches about schools and schooling. You or your sister might find it interesting even if you are still stuck in school. What’s most important is that you realize that you are not alone, you are not a freak. There are lots of people who think and feel the same way.

    I am also going to include a link to the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO), so that you can find other options as well. Hopefully you can find some supportive resources to help you make the difficult choices about what to do about it now that you know options exist.

    Source(s): Teenage Liberation Handbook on Amazon Teenage Liberation Handbook Site Alternative Education Resource Organization My Web Site:
  • Frosty
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    No it's not the same thing. wanting to learn is listening to everything and applying it somehow to your own life. Being smart is in your genes. You inherit it from your ancestors.

    I never studied in high school and I got through by just listening in class and skimming my books and doing my homework. I am considered smart also.

    No you are not a freak because you hate school. You have a LOT of company. But learn everything you have an opportunity to. It will help you in your later years, even if you think now that it won't.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'm the same way you are, a straight A student, I don't work at it at all and I can't stand school. (I'm actually considering dropping out and just getting a G.E.D.) Being smart comes naturally. Wanting to learn is a conscious decision.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you hate it, you must be very competitive. I guess that is what drives you to make good grades. Only you know if you are a freak or not ;)

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  • 3 years ago

    I am mom of two boys. No. Just like no task will have to be segregated for just one intercourse. Yes - there are visible area concerns which might be simpler to talk about with one or the opposite dad or mum - however not anything is taboo. I have two boys. We have talked approximately the birds and bees, rainy goals, erections, and many others. It is aspect of lifestyles. My youngsters ask - I reply honestly and as effectively as viable. As they grow older - the solutions turn out to be extra elaborate. I was once certainly one of three daughters. I requested my dad questions - and he responded me as great he might. He might additionally pass to the shop to shop for female merchandise with out hesitation (although consistently requested for designated requests - didn't desire to face there evaluating to determine which might be great for us) I consider a youngster will have to be ready to speak to whomever they believe relaxed with. My sisters and their husbands utterly agree - to the factor that my husband and I have had very intensive talks with my nephew - who, being just a little shy, didn't desire to talk about relationship problems together with his dad and mom - so talked to my hubby and I. I informed my sis this happened and he or she stated thank you - she was once blissful he had us to show to. My boy even have found out approximately feminine puberty and all it is bells and whistles - only for their possess survival in my condominium - My boys have found out that once mother is grouchy or ***** of a sore stomach - they ask if if I am in my "touchy" time after which (if sure) deal with me additional pleasant and appreciate whilst I chunk their heads off for no well intent. (I desire a few day their other halves thank me!) As to abilities - it without doubt was once no longer my husband in the toilet with the lads instructing them to attempt!

  • asdfjk
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    no its two different things

    people can learn but that doesnt make them smart

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