Angirasa Acharya (aka Jim....) (angiasaa) wrote,
Angirasa Acharya (aka Jim....)
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Mind games....

There are some people I know who spend their formative years studying like maniacs.  To them, the be all and end all of life is to score those oh so sought for A+ grades.  They study hard, they're always engorging their brains on textbooks, they have their noses drooling with green stuff, and they have their eyes shuttered with painful looking spectacles.

That's what the academic system imbibes in us.  They want small kids to learn about stuff they'd never use during the rest of their lives, they want all of them to be able to answer straight-on questions without so much as a blink of the eye.  However, there are problems with this system.

All the uber-high scorers that I have known have never gone on to be great people.  My last company had an interesting recruiting policy.  This was followed to the 'T', no matter what the situation.  The hiring mechanism follows a default setting wherein resumes are scanned and coded according to specific keywords.  Resumes that claim CGPA's higher than 4.25 on 5 and less than 2.25 on 5 are trashed.  Yup.  Not even recycled, they are purged from the system without so much as a question as to the individuals claims of other successes.

I came upon this hidden bit of code while I was debugging another section of the recruitment software. Half confused, since the code definitely was'nt a bug, It was PUT THERE ON PURPOSE!  I gathered my mental faculties together and asked my HR manager why this was done and if it really was a bug.  To my utter astonishment, he laughed like a banshee for a minute or two.  Knowing him, a laugh that long was far beyond convention.  He's the kind of guy who people would actually pay to see laughing.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, he came round the table, clutching his ample tummy.  Little sporadic bursts of chuckles left his lips from time to time.  *deep breath in, deep breath out*  Finally, he tells me matter of factly:  "Those kids who score so well, they're just that, they score well!  You ask them to work on a simple problem, and they won't know what tit is and what tat is.  You give them a problem, they'll look for the closest formula from their text books and apply the recommended options to fix the problem.  They can't use their minds.  They merely use their brains!  The job they're best suited for is to be teachers.  As human assets, they rate below an individual who scores a zero in their examinations.  We can't afford to hire teachers, we want people who can get the job done.  Therefore, high-scorers are better left alone and out of our little picture."  That's more or less the gist of what he said.  I've left out the profanity and some hard-to-remember statement malformations.  :o)

NEhoo, what he said made sense!  I've never been a top-scorer in all my miserable life.  However, I've always been able to run witty circles around those who are or have been at the top of their class.  Why does this happen?  What's the point of the education system if they're just breeding grounds for the brain-intensive rather than the mind-intensive?

I feel the world would do a heck of a lot better at being a better place to live in if we'd all stop concentrating on shoveling hard facts and figures into the heads of our children, and start trying to help their minds to evolve!  People should _Learn stuff_, not _Mug things up_!  It gets them no where, or rather, it does'nt get them far.  Not in life, and not in anything more than ranking at the top of their respective classes.

People are'nt born dumb!  And I'm sure no one wants to create dumb people.  Still, the education system in most countries on the planet follow a system that breeds stagnation.  They're not gonna change till they realize the problems they're creating.  They want a better future for their children, but don't want to admit that the system their forefathers have set up is ALL WRONG!
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