When I complimented one of the most intelligent students in my grad school on his super-size
brain, he replied sardonically, “Well, if I were really all that clever, I wouldn’t be here,would I?”
I was confused. Isn’t graduate school the place where intelligent people come to hone their
brains and sharpen their critical literacy skills into a lean mean thinking machine just as athletes
head to the field to train their muscles and improve their reaction times?
Now he looked at me with profound pity. “You have it ass-backwards. Smart people don’t go to
school. They drop out of school and become billionaires. Like Bill Gates."