Did you excel at school?
No. Although I finished top of my year at age 16, in the grand scheme of things I was nowhere and I think I knew that at the time. Things went further downhill by 18. I started at a new school at 17 and didn't fit in. Everyone was better educated than me and instead of trying to catch up I drifted. By 19 I was left feeling like a complete failure. I was in and out of jobs for a few years. I decided to go back to university, taking on a course that I thought I might be able to pass. It was only at this point that I really started to do well.
Is theory easier for intuitive types?
I'm not sure. However, I will say that for me I prefer theory to practice.
Did you find yourself drifting into your own world, wanting to come up with your own theory's, not really caring about the ones being taught?
I generally hated school, although I had a core of great friends. I used to sit at the back of math classes playing chess or reading books by Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.
In your opinion what temperament are schools most geared towards? SJ, SP, NT or NF ?
It definitely rewards those that do as they are told and do it by given deadlines.
Any other thoughts on school?
Time and time again I have been underestimated by teachers. I don't know whether it was reverse psychology on their part but I doubt it. I suppose they may have disliked me because I would refuse to participate, was very arrogant, and was clearly wasting what talent I had. I don't know whether this is a trait of INTJs or just me. I can understand their sense of anger and frustration and why they would prefer other students who were keen and did what they were told. My school career was exemplified by one particular report. For one subject I scored 1 for achievement (the best), and G for effort (the lowest). I used to gloat about this, but now I see it for what it is - a waste of potential. The head of year commented that "the results do not augur well for the future". In the short term she was wrong, in the medium term though she was spot on.
However I don't blame the teachers because they are working within a system. It's difficult for me to critisize the system as I can't think of a better alternative. School is simple: the object of the exercise is to achieve the highest grades you are capable of and to hopefully discover what it is that will interest you for the rest of your life.
I've learned that you cannot beat the system. Instead you should use it to your advantage. It's taken me a long time to recover from the effects school has had on me. I have had a lot of issues and it has been pointed out that it may have started at the age of 12 when told by the headmaster's wife that I was a spoilt bastard for refusing to sing in the choir. Since then I've had an unhealthy distrust of all authority figures especially teachers.