SolitaryWalker, you have a good point. i think succeeding in traditional education does prepare people to succeed in traditional jobs. jobs that are about plugging away, doing as you're told, fitting in to the bussiness.
when i was young and poorly educated i was fired from many many jobs for not fitting in, for throwing too much of a wrench in the works. i was not fired for lack of education, but for individualistic thinking, not being part of the system. i had to change jobs quite often, so i didn't follow a traditional "career path".
but the great successes i have had in working have come when i struck out on my own, became my own leader and boss. when i took the work system and made it my own.
but i have worked in "team" enviroments where i really excelled and fit in. but those have always been situations where it was a very social and brotherly kind of team, and we had to form relationships out of neccesity rather than convenience. my exmple is working as a firefighter. we became very close and 'group oriented' (living together while on call), but it was because we all had a very clear and direct sense of purpose. it was not because we simply 'were supposed to fit in.'.