"Hidden Intellectualism," Geral Graff, normally intelligence is viewed through the lenses of academics, and rarely through life experience. Memorazing the French revolution partially reflects the intelligence capacity a person possesses, but understanding popular shows seems irrelevant to the discussion. Well, a real smart individual can flip any topic whether it is science or sports to box filled with different types of knowledges, whilst a commoner finds the avenue to flash away any enrich issue. Nonetheless, unacademic students can knock school books after they have been engaged in topics that fit their curiosities. To be "street smart" has its advantages, one learns to blend in with the rest, no to get beat up, the sense of community a bigger scale, and creates strategies to survive in the real world, filled with allies and enemies. On the other hand, academics circles one around with theory which help to understand a complex view. As a result, outside knowledge is not explored in depth and balance with academics.
I agree that school most of the focuses in topics that are not of interest or have any weight in the outside world. For example, one can read about any culture and hypothesis the lifestyle it has, but she has a vague idea of the culture. For that sake, lest assume that one memorizes a bread recipe and then bake it, not because one bake a piece of bread can ask for a baker title. As Graff delivers, intelligence is base on books rather that a spontaneous learning.