The smartest student I ever taught was also the dumbest
This is a Micro (life) Lesson.
Micro (life) Lessons are simple, compressed stories (under 250 words) that, like good teachers, continue to teach long after graduation.
If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. – Confucius
I once taught a student who turned down scholarships from several Ivy League universities.
She chose to attend a small, progressive college that I never heard of.
What a shame, I thought.
I couldn’t understand why such a promising student would decline scholarships from some of the most prestigious universities in the world.
So one day after class I asked her.
She smiled, “Because I want to go a place where its okay fail. Where failure, not success, is the teacher. I want to go where I can be dumb.”
Last time I heard, she was doing exceptionally well.