housecat wrote:Well, Tsu's a good case--she may have droppd out of uni, but she's smart as a tac!
Everything posted is good, so far, in this thread--thanks!
It really is intellect that I need more than a degree. Maybe it's just that for most of my life, all the intellectual type guys I've been around have been formally educated?
That's likely because I'm formally educated, right? My friend (trying to set me up) is from way back, before I went to school. She never did go to school.
Anyway, thank you all for your insights and comments. I'll have some other things to think about in a free moment!
Petrichor wrote:My husband left school at 16. (That was the youngest you could legally leave in those days in the UK; he didn't drop out.) He set up his own business in IT and thirty years later is still making a good living. I have an MA, but out of the two of us he's probably more intellectual. He listens to Wagner and Mahler and reads French novels. These aren't pretensions as he's very anti-social and so can only show off to me, and he knows I'm not easily impressed. Some of the greatest people in Western civilisation were auto-didacts.
My and my husband's disparate levels of education haven't caused us any problems at all. He doesn't feel intimidated by my qualifications as he doesn't value that kind of thing, and I've met enough very smart uneducated people to know that my MA doesn't really signify much. We're at roughly the same level of intelligence and are like-minded in lots of things, especially those things that have the greatest importance in relationships, such as money and child-rearing. These are more important than similar levels of education I think.
Nowadays you'd have to have diagnosed learning difficulties not to be able to complete a degree, so such things matter less and less. Much better to find out about the person than make presumptions based on what pieces of paper they happen to have.
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