What you describe as intelligent discussions, are the same ones that
I find with artists. The IQ’s are pretty up there, but you are right,
Mensa to me only proves you are adept at tests. My SAT scores rivaled
my shoe size. I don’t take tests well at all. I skated through high
school, bs’ng my teachers and finding the loopholes in the system.
In our senior year, we were able to sign up for classes, similar to a
college system. I figured out that if you didn’t sign up for a
particular time slot, say the period after lunch, you basically
disappeared off the grid and nobody found out. My lunch time was an
one and half hours, plenty of time for a nice stretch on the beach
with a book. I graduated with honors.
You can’t “test” for this kind of kid, but thank Buddha they arrive
at my school. They are the ones who are savants at the bench because
nobody in high school in Massachusetts tests for dexterity,
ingenuity or creativity. Today, school kids in Massachusetts are
trained to remember dates and names, which is fine if you want to
excel at Trivial Pursuit.
One of my favorite college art professors taught modern art history.
We spent a lot of time learning the names of artists and the year
that their work was completed. Ok fine I said, Picasso and Braque
painted much of his seminal work in Cubism in the 1910-20’s. Big
whoop. Ah, but when I visited the Philadelphia Art Museum (where
everyone should go at least once), everything changed for me. The
Philly Art Museum arranged its exhibitions in groupings by 2-3
decades. Paintings were with furniture, sculpture or examples of
family living. Seeing Picasso and Braque’s work in this context made
me understand how forward thinking these two artists were. It all
made sense to me, because the artwork had context.
My point is, unless you combine the stories with names and the
dates, reading, writing and arithmetic won’t mean anything.
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