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You think I’m brilliant? Put me in the Faculty of Engineering or Sciences, then you’ll know how much of a dullard I’d be.

I’ve seen many parents call their children ‘dullards’ because they are not doing well in school, sciences especially. If you’re not good in sciences, you’re not brilliant. Yeah, Naija factor.

This is a very serious issue which has made some people to give up on themselves, look down on themselves, and ripped them of their self worth.

“Ha, she’s a dullard, so she has to learn tailoring/hairdressing.”
“He’s not brilliant, so he has to learn mechanics/trade.”

Until we begin to understand that there are many facets of intelligence, we’ll never get it right; potentials will continue to go down the drain because we sum up intelligence on a single factor-I.Q/academic intelligence.

I know of a lady whose parents always compare with her siblings because she’s not doing well in school, but… she can cook fire! Her social skill is second to none. That’s a type of intelligence! It takes creativity to be a good cook. A dullard cannot be a fashion designer. A dullard cannot be a trader. Let no one look down on you.

Some people have no business in the university, that’s why they are frustrated, don’t mind that they might be First class students. The education some people need might be in a catering school, fashion school, technical college, film school etc.

What if Chimamanda had continued in Medicine and Surgery, because she was a ‘brilliant’ science student? What if Kunle Afolayan remained a banker? Who cares about university education when Tunde Kelani is doing his stuff?

Read me: No one is a dullard, we only have DIFFERENT kinds of intelligence. Success happens when you discover and utilize your type of intelligence. It’s not about getting an education, but getting the RIGHT education. It’s the duty of parents and schools to help children discover, develop, and maximize their type of intelligence. The result is often magical.


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