Link: John Gurdon`s 1949 Science Report Card - Young John went on to become a scientist as he had hoped (known for nuclear transfer) and a Nobel Prize winner.

I remember getting a report card where I was admonished for poor performance one quarter in 4th grade. The teacher was not sympathetic that I was sick with pneumonia and gone from school for about a month. Now that I`m older it seems that she was a poor teacher considering I passed without her teaching.

I once stumbled upon a way to solve the math equations in calculus class that the teacher didn`t know. I`m not a math genius, I just got lucky. The teacher stood me in front of the class and fed me problem after problem, and he couldn`t find one that couldn`t be solved the way I was doing it. Finally he said, "it doesn`t matter, do it the way I told you to, you won`t get credit for any correct answers if you get them any other way". That was when I realized that institutional education was useless. A lightly trained monkey can get a degree, which is why it`s not surprise that so many "highly educated" people flop so horribly in the real world.

sosueme1966, I can understand it from your teachers pov. In basic math classes you`re supposed to learn a certain way to solve the problem despite that there`s usually multiple ways to solve problems. In one class I had basically the whole class was learning how to solve a certain problem in multiple different ways, so we always had to solve it how our teacher said to even if another way was easier or quicker just to make sure we learned the other ways. You can use your own techniques in more advanced math-based classes, like circuit classes, because then how you get to the solution doesn`t matter as long as you get there. It`s kinda like if a little kid is told to solve a problem using long division but they decide to use another method instead, that doesn`t show the teacher that they know long division.

A lightly trained monkey can get a degree, which is why it`s not surprise that so many "highly educated" people flop so horribly in the real world. Exactly.

Fred Smith got a C- on a term paper in college. His idea was an overnight delivery service for businesses. His professor said it was not only impossible, but impractical. Fred later founded Federal Express. Yeah, I think maybe the teacher missed the mark there.

- Young John went on to become a scientist as he had hoped (known for nuclear transfer) and a Nobel Prize winner.
Exactly.