Quick post here.... just going to jam it out while listening to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys7-6_t7OEQ&NR=1&feature=endscreen
In the UK, the kind of 'intelligence' promoted by the academic system can be summarised as analytical intelligence. You're taught how to do maths, how to read books, how to fit in and be a cog in the wheel.
Newsflash, in a lot of cases in the twenty first century this kind of intelligence is not going to pay off much! Sure, you might get some good grades in school, college or uni, but a lot of that is based on your ability to perform well in an exam.... or perhaps even cheat at coursework! (Not that high a percentage of people do that in the UK... but some do. I'd say around 10% will have performed some kind of action which could have been considered 'cheating'... very few are caught though. At uni I was told it was really bad to even ACCUSE people of cheating!)...
But that doesn't mean you're going to get fun or money in the real world. The kind of intelligence which generally pays off 'in the real world' (aka most none academic enviornments... even in academic environments it pays off pretty well) is social intelligence. If you don't know what it is, google it and learn it :)