I really enjoyed the readings for this week. I liked how they took a very different perspective on how one defines intelligence. As college students we are lead to believe that how we perform academically is the ultimate determination when considering our intelligence. However, I think Rose’s essay does an excellent job in disproving this. I could not agree more with his work in “Blue-Collar Brilliance”. As a pre-dental student working as a medical assistant in an oral surgeons office, I can certainly understand where Rose is coming from. Often times I find myself thinking that the academic work we do in undergraduate school is often “busy work”. Taking classes that do not pertain to my career or studying topics that I will have no use for in the years to come. I cannot help but admire the work that I do at the oral surgeons office. It is here where I’m truly learning. I am getting practical experience that I cannot get off the words printed in textbooks or attending pointless lectures. Here I am faced with the stress, wit, and practical skill useful in becoming a dentist. Even in dental school I believe students do not know what they are capable of until they reach clinical practice. How could you know if the “knowledge” you gained is actually valuable? It is not until you make use of these concepts in which you can truly determine if you attained any sort of practical knowledge. As a student – it has always been assumed that just simply “knowing stuff” make you smart. But merely knowing all of this information is completely different than applying it in a practical sense. I highly doubt that many of the cases I will see as a dentist will be the picture perfect case diagramed in textbooks. Every patient will be different and each treatment must be suitable to their conditions. Intelligence is not always about how much “stuff” you simply know, or how well you can perform academically. Intelligence should be determined by how well you can perform in a practical sense, since after-all, that how you go through life.
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