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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #60)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 01:24 PM

65. Anti-intellectualism?

The lack of respect for those who have other values is the thing that bothers me. I have never in my adult life needed to know any of the advanced math I was forced to take in school. Irrelevant to my life. The science knowledge I am grateful for because it is interesting.

I am unimpressed by the constant harping on math and science in America. I do not want to work for weapons manufacturers, big pharma, a medical profession focused on bankrupting people, or any of the myriad of careers open to me based on boring myself shitless learning something I have no aptitude for. Sorry if that is anti-intellectual to you. It is called specialization to me. And making a decision based on what is best for me not a phony chart of doctored statistics that make American students feel worthless when in fact the numbers of high achievers has not declined at all. Ours is the only country that makes every student test even those with no mental capacity to even comprehend the content they are being tested for. Dishonest to call these statistics realistic.

As for my anti-intellectualism, my grad school GREs placed me in the 98th percentile. In spite of my lack of interest in these disciplines.

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