Idiot-Calling: It’s The New Slut-Shaming [a blog] #whatiwrite #GENIUS #LOL

Look, you haven't read any of his experimental noise poetry. Quit the judging.
Look, you haven’t read any of his experimental noise poetry. Quit the judging.

Intellectual snobbery is such a delusion. Especially the spelling/grammar thing. We like to think we’re hating stupid people because we had the same educational opportunities as they did (I just mean primary and secondary education here), but we worked hard while they squandered it. That’s what it feels like, sometimes. Like you want to go ‘HAH! YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS LIKE I WAS, MORON!’

More often than not though, it was naturally easy for us to understand things in school, whereas other people sort of struggled, for various reasons. Either their intellect didn’t fit into the narrow definitions of ‘smart’ that our education system uses to define us, or they simply didn’t have the support at home, from parents who were able to engage them and give them praise and encouragement.

No one is wilfully stupid. We’re looking back and confusing the embarrassed bravado of people with learning difficulties (‘I don’t need to know that crap!’ ‘Pffft. Studying is for losers!’) with some sort of voluntary crusade to leave the education system with no headsmarts whatsoever. Everyone wants to feel like they have worth, and for people who find it hard to spell, do arithmetic, or retain vast chunks of information, school can be a living hell. Who could blame them for trying to find their own niches, even if those niches lead to them becoming disruptive influences on ‘genuine’ students? It is not them failing the system, it is the system failing them.

Our system is too focused on rewarding one particular type of intelligence, and alienating others- making them think that all they are good for is manual work, and reminding them that such work is below anything that can be achieved with a university education. Our wage system reflects this; paying the lowest money to those who put in the most effort, and without whom the entire house of cards would collapse.

In our comfortable, buttoned-down western existence; with its Saturday night distractions of TV Talent shows, and its constant stream of social network outrage and joy, it’s easy to forget that this sort of casually accepted intellectual and social divide is the type of thing that leads to revolutions in other parts of the world. It could happen here too; it has in the past. That whole ‘Roundheads and Cavaliers’ thing? That started over a fight about the word ‘myriad’. [citation needed]

The seeds of keeping the lower classes ignorant and xenophobic have been sown and reaped countless times throughout history. Just take a look at twitter the next time something even vaguely Muslim happens to anyone even slightly Armed Forces. And I don’t just mean the UKIP and EDL people screaming about patriotism and terrorism. I mean the supposedly smart and apparently liberal people calling them ‘retards’ and ‘scum’. It’s what happens when an illogical force meets a hypocritical object.

Education is the most important tool we possess, and it’s more powerful than censorship or propaganda or guns and tanks will ever be. But we have to use it correctly. It has to be for everyone. How can we expect the EDL member in the street to go and properly research the history of his own people and/or his perceived enemies, when he might have spent his formative years being told he was ‘stupid’ or ‘no good’, just because his own particular intelligence wasn’t suited to Pythagoras or perfect tense? Or how can we expect an Eton-educated Prime Minister to listen to the views of the man in the street, when he has been told all his life that his privilege and his money make him a superior person, and that he is just basically… better than us?

Until we figure out a way to make the school experience inclusive for all, instead just being available to everyone; and until we stop devaluing the contribution to society of people who make your coffee, change your oil, or cut you a new key when you use all of your genius to lock it inside the house, we’ll always have a divided nation. And that goes for any nation you happen to live in. There are at least seven different types of genius. We only seem to recognise three: The boffin type, the sporting type, and the type you say in capital letters 432 times a day while laughing at pictures of Grumpy Cat. While thinking ‘lol’ is a form of punctuation.

The politics of one side may never agree with the politics of the other (and maybe that’s a healthy thing), but maybe one day, we might live in a world where people are fairly valued. Until then, obviously, I will continue to belittle people’s entire lives because they put an apostrophe in the possessive “Its”. The imbeciles.

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3 thoughts on “Idiot-Calling: It’s The New Slut-Shaming [a blog] #whatiwrite #GENIUS #LOL

  1. “I will continue to belittle people’s entire lives because they put an apostrophe in the possessive “Its”. The imbeciles.”

    The speech marks go outside the punctuation m80. Fuck off back to America.

  2. Well said.
    Now I’m going to take my over educated ass to work as a bartender.
    Cause that’s all there is. There is no more.
    (Eve at the apple, Adam ate the core)

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