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judochop's avatar

"Book smart" or "street smart." Who wins?

Asked by judochop (16099points) April 14th, 2008

I have several friends that are one or the other. Who wins in your book of smarts and why?

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goldilocks's avatar

nowadays, street smart… But book smart is never a bad thing…

bulbatron9's avatar

“Vert Smart”

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ppcakes's avatar

Street Smart, what are books going to do for you if you have no sense of anything else in life. My stepsister is book smart but not street smart, she can’t do much for herself, she calls her dad for everything.

scamp's avatar

I depends on the battle.

shockvalue's avatar

As scamp said, depends on the battle. if you’re on Jeopardy, it doesn’t matter how hard you can hit Alex Trebek, if you don’t know the Flight speed of a fully laden swallow (be it African or European) you are going to lose. But if you are in a bad neighborhood and you are looking through your wallet as you walk down the street, well, no word spelled out on a double word and triple letter score is going to save you.

delirium's avatar

I’d rather be book smart any day. Its better to be smart and ‘unhip’ than foolish and ‘cool’.

shockvalue's avatar

I am completely on the same page as you on that one delirium.

Damn my smashing good looks and ultimate crowd appeal! Damn them!

judochop's avatar

@delirium: I was never aware there was a “hip” or “unhip” to being street smart or book smart.

shockvalue's avatar

geek is chic

gailcalled's avatar

Perhaps these labels (all of them) oversimplify us. Everyone I know is more than just either/or – and that is including my friends from the local HS who help me out w. property maintenance here. Life is certainly less boring that way – but I only speak for myself.

bulbatron9's avatar

Thanks gail! By Vert Smart I meant straight up, between the middle,......

and it was a skateboarding reference!

gailcalled's avatar

@Bulb; ah, I am SO out of it. Thanks for the definition. The generation gap does seem to getting bigger exponentially due to the ever-increasing speed of the info highway.

jamms's avatar

I don’t care how smart you are. If you don’t understand how the world operates the world will walk all over you. Street Smart FTW!

scamp's avatar

@shockvalue I love your answer. Was the laden swallow example a reference to my favorite Monty Python movie by any chance?

ninjaxmarc's avatar

street smart for every day situations but a good balance of both to use the book smart out on the street, example a good public debate.

shockvalue's avatar

@scamp: hah, why yes it was, now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

nocountry2's avatar

I think street smart actually outweighs in the end – there are countless examples of millionaires that never graduated from high school, and brilliant professors that can barely figure out how to feed their families. The cat that is way street smart but doesn’t have a clue who Poe is will most likely have a better time at life than the Physics geek with two friends, one of them a fem-bot.

peedub's avatar

Both, why does one have to choose?

judochop's avatar

@peedub:
You are right, I think both win but for some reason it always seems to be a debate with people I know. They go good together like PB&J.

peedub's avatar

Yeah, I do like your question though. I guess I just like both worlds.

If I had to give one up I would probably choose book smart, which is probably not as pragmatic.

nocountry2's avatar

no way- if I had been given a choice at birth to be generously endowed one way or the other, for sure I would have snagged the street smarts

wildflower's avatar

It really depends on the battlefield…..if you’re either booksmart or streetsmart – why not team up with someone of the other smart-type to increase your ‘smartness’...
If you’re fortunate enough to be strong on both – well, then you’re just superior :)

hearkat's avatar

I don’t have time to read all the answers here, but I have found that balance wins :)

scamp's avatar

@shockvalue Ha ha!! Your Mother was a hamster and your Father smelled of elderberry!(And from my favorite scene) Come back you pansy, I’ll bite your legs off!! Thanks for the laugh.

shockvalue's avatar

It’s just a flesh wound!

kruger_d's avatar

Chuck Norris would wollup Bill Gates. Then Bill would buy his production company.

fullOFuselessINFO's avatar

i WIN at book-smarts

i FAIIIILLLLL at street smarts.

Cruiser's avatar

Maxwell Smart…He can outwit even the dimwitted!!

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