Don’t let the education system -or anyone, for that matter- define your intelligence. They have no clue how to measure it.
There are many forms of intelligence. Your teachers are told to look for only one, which is basically: the amount of data you can reproduce, times the speed you can do this at.
Schools don’t measure the realms of naturalistic, musical, logical–mathematical, existential, interpersonal, linguistic, bodily–kinaesthetic, intra–personal and spatial intelligence. Which is a shame, for these include a lot of the qualities that will build a new world.
And yet, they are still forms of outer intelligence and therefore limited by space, time, order, logic, and context. Far more powerful is your -and our- inner intelligence. The silent whisper of multidimensional wisdom that comes through your highest self and always speaks the truth. We’ll get back to that.
First, back to old-fashioned knowledge.
Knowledge used to equal power. Not only is power a currency I hope you will not be valuing over love, meaning, and compassion. Also, the term ‘knowledge’ should not be restricted to the traditional IQ type of data. But for now, let’s pretend it is. Even then, knowledge is not something you need to own anymore. Your generation -unlike any other before you- has immediate access to infinite knowledge, and it’s only a click away. Not that the majority of the current education system will have the perspective to look as far beyond their curriculum as the world needs, but at least rest assured there is no question they will ever ask you, that you cannot find the answer to. You will. Probably within 30 seconds, if you enter the right keywords.The danger is not that you may not find the system’s answers. The danger is they may not allow you to question the answers.
[With ‘they’, I don’t mean your teachers. They are as stuck in the old paradigms, and rules, and regulations, as anyone. Always appreciate your teachers for their willingness to teach. Do not resent them for what they are forced to teach you. This is how you learn to think for yourself, which is and always will be your own responsibility.]
For most people, learning happens mostly outside of education. So maybe don’t fill too much of your brain’s capacity with -no matter how well intended- partial information and things that used to be true. Just get through the system as quickly as you can.
In the meantime, all that is truly required are a curious and creative mind, and a compassionate and open heart. With those two, you will find answers to questions no-one has had the courage, insight, perspective, or intelligence to ask yet.
Learn how to think for yourself. Learn how to feel what is right. Some day, the system -any system- will either evolve, self-destruct, or disappear completely. But the world will not be waiting for any of those things to happen.
Keep in mind that no system can either judge your intelligence or teach you what you need to know for the world your generation and those after are about to create. What it can do is give you time. While you are being assessed on qualities you may never need, use the opportunity to develop the qualities you will need. Be kind. Be creative. Be real. Be a team player. Learn how to lead. Learn how to follow. Ask questions. Investigate answers. Never accept something as absolutely true, because even if it is, that may quickly change.
Accept the things you cannot change now, but -eventually- change the things you cannot accept.
When your time comes, all will be as it should be. And if not, you will by then be fully equipped to not only see, but also change it into, how it could be.