Wednesday, December 17, 2008

“Academic Achievements: Passport to Success in Life?”

This article is in reaction to Dr Mbua’s article “Academic Achievements: Passport to Success in Life?” An academic achievement means that an individual went to school and obtained some certificates. Apparently by just acquiring those certificates it could be termed success already because not everyone who goes to school obtains certificates. Yet the objective of education was not only for certificates; it was to acquire knowledge that benefits the individual to integrate the society and be productive in their community. That then may insert the question: can an individual be educated but unsuccessful? Can an individual be uneducated but successful because they still acquire a higher level of knowledge? In other words one could be educated or uneducated but still possess a higher level of knowledge. That is what we call giftedness.
Giftedness is the ability to perform a task or demonstrate intelligence in an exceptional manner above one’s peers and surroundings. This may not have anything to do with going to college or obtaining a graduate degree. The term is losing ground because of the following reasons: there are many detractors than supporters, the mulish decisions by schools to still use the IQ method of finding gifted students and the inclusion of student behavior as part of giftedness.
There is a distinction between gifts and talents. These two do not depend on the amount of education an individual possesses. That perhaps may mean that one could still be educated but a failure while the other could be illiterate but very successful. I lodged Dr Brown for close to a year for free but he had a PhD in Mathematics. He could not keep a job because he was a drug addict. Would you consider him a success simply because he has a PhD? The first thing is that, there is a fine line between the two because both are meant for the benefit of the society. The major difference is that everybody has a talent but when the talent goes beyond human expectation and operation it is called giftedness. That means gifts start where talents end. The distinction is made because without it being made it would not be possible for us to acknowledge those who are gifted.
The concept of fixed intelligence contrasts the concept of integrated developmental intelligence. The former is intelligence not subject to change while the latter is the one which is gathered from surroundings. That means; the former is innate and the latter is acquired.
Plato believed that ideas are abstract and only exist when they become forms. The power of thought is stronger than the power of language for those with thoughts have knowledge while those with language have words. While education is a threshold to success it is not synonymous to success itself for knowledge must be transformed into virtue to benefit the society. That is why the Bible says: “though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal” (I Cor 13:1).
That means, you may embellish and garnish your language with Shakespearean diction, sing poetry in the words of Wordsworth, talk grammar like Noam Chomsky but if those words cannot be productive to help you and the society, then they are mere pretensions; summed up as total tarradiddles. Those who can upgrade their knowledge to be active become potentates of the society. That is why there is a difference between those who go to the university as a place and acquire grades with those who attended a cosmological university for Knowledge. Though the latter comes back with grades but ideas become the crux of his existence. The former measures all not by ideas but the certificate they have acquired which if invisible portrays an empty human can parading the streets of mankind.
Those with ideas cannot be contained in a censorship box because what they have is universal and flies above those who chase them around. As we look at the world and those who transformed them, they were not PhD holders yet though they are dead, their ideas have stood the test of time. They have been immortalized by what they said to the society. From Karl Marx to Cal Jung, Freud to Darwin, and Poe to Shakespeare we realize knowledge must be transformed to some concrete work that benefits the individual and society for that individual to be considered educated and successful. If you have the world’s knowledge but that neither benefits you nor the society then you are not successful.

Until then, knowledge must be transformed into concrete acts to be considered knowledge.
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