This is a really annoying thing that people do all the time. It usually goes something like this: This historical event X from a long time ago happened and TO PUT THIS IN CONTEXT that would be like X happened today. This is really ironic because they are not putting it in context; they are literally taking it out of its context and putting it in a new context. People do this all the time and it usually doesn’t bother me and I just brush it off a something stupid people say when they are trying to act smart. But, when a professor does this, I get really annoyed and pissed. You’re a professor so smart, grad school educated, and well rounded right. So, why do you do something so stupid? I’ve had several professors do this on multiple subjects.
Now to be fair professors are people and people make mistakes, but continuously, come on, to branch this annoyance to a bigger problem, one that I call the stupid-smart people. I don’t mean stupid-smart like crazy smart or ridiculously smart. I mean literally this person is stupid, but appears and even may think they are smart. I’m no genius, but I do try to not just regurgitate information I’ll already been taught. I see this a lot and one could probably argue that that is all society does. Some information can only be repeated, can’t really add anything to 1 + 1 = 2. The key difference, I think, between people who are smart and those that are stupid are their ability to reason, or use critical thinking. I understand that smart-ness is very subjective. But, I think a smart people can get information and use it in a number ways that that person hasn’t been directly taught to do.
To bring this full circle I am accusing some college professors of being stupid-smart people. I could be wrong, but I see more reasons to think it’s true than false. If you’re teaching your power point and someone asks a very insightful relevant question and you just turn your head and say “oh that’s interesting,” and keep going like the question never even happened then you’re probably a stupid smart person. Your inability to even consider the question or address it shows you’re inability to think of applicable uses for the information outside of what you’ve already been taught. Maybe, you’re just lazy or really tired those days, if it were a rare occurrence it wouldn’t bother me as much. This has been going on and happening through the entire school year so don’t blame the coming summer. I'm often not even the one asking the question so it's not like I'm looking to trick or catch professors. I’ve been noticing it more and more in fact, but that’s probably due to me watching for it more. Only some professors do it and the ones that do it, continuously do it.