This is too long.
This is too long.
This is SO out of date. Now, it's the coolest thing to be smart. In fact, if you're not very smart in school these days, you're an outcast/freak/loser.
Some interesting points, but dang it's long!
A great and insightful article on the current high school system in the US.
If only more people would read this and actually comprehend what was said as obviously many of the reviewers didn't either because they are unable to read a "long" (2 minute read) essay or because they simply lack the literacy necessary.
I really enjoyed the story and message of the essay and from my experience as a military brat always in a new school it is spot on. It reminds me of stranger in a strange land with the monkey scene at the zoo when he has the epiphany about mankind. I also didn't find this hatred of intellectuals/elites in any of the other countries I lived in.
far too wordy, but yeah, agree with what i picked up on the skim read
like many have said, not quite true in modern culture (where intelligence is finally being valued by the next generation), but still a good primer.
I was somewhere between a freak and a nerd, but I was popular enough. I think it was because my intelligence, and I suppose a natural inclination, gave me a good sense of humor. My opinion was always respected, and I took care not to opine about what I didn't know. In my high-school there were people who were popular for various reasons, and mine was humor, but I couldn't have had that humor without my intelligence. I escaped high-school without being harassed by my peers, but I think I noticed the trivial and frivolous nature of the whole ordeal earlier than others, so I dropped out mentally, typically a second half of senior year move, in my junior year.
This is kind of a bunch of unfair generalizations. Not all smart kids are nerds, not all "popular" kids are dumb, and particularly, not all nerds are unpopular. Popularity by definition would refer to the number of people who like you. The type of people he is talking about aren't actually liked by anybody (if they exist in reality at all).
I love Paul Graham; all of his essays are worth reading. This one is slightly outdated, however. Since Paul was in school (as well as the makers of most ridiculous teen movies), high school culture seems to have undergone a radical transformation. While intelligence is not an incredibly prized quality, it is no longer something to be avoided like the plague, either.
Interesting article. While I don't particular agree with it, I think it's useful to use it and continue a dialogue. It's certainly a relevant topic to most of us. :)
Yes, I am still interested in high school social dynamics. This guy makes some interesting observations, though.