I just had a conversation with a friend about education and it made me want to start this thread to get your guys' opinions.
This chick that I was talking to is smart (perfect SATs, Amherst undergrad, magna cum laude, etc). In terms of academic brilliance, I think she is one of the most successful people I know.
However, from listening to her speak, it doesn't seem that she is having that much corporate success. She is not in a position of power, bitches about how her coworkers are retarded, incompetent bosses, blah, blah, blah. It seems that she has all the book smarts in the world, but lacks the street smarts necessary for one to make it in the real world.
Meanwhile, when looking at people such as Bush and Biden, it seems as though a lot of people who were avg to sub par in the academic world are attaining great success in the real world. This made me think as to why society views school as so important and why people care so much about what school one attended, GPAs, SATs, GMATs, LSATs, etc, etc.
So I want your guys' opinion. Is education overrated? Are the ones that ultimately succeed in life those that play the game really well rather than knowing how to solve the toughest multivariable calculus problem? What kind of traits do you guys see in people who succeed in the corporate world?