There was a short story from back in the 50s or 60s, about a student who was struggling in school. Just about everyone else had knowledge downloaded/implanted into their brains. But the protagonist had to work out problem solving his tests the hard way.

Society and the protagonist felt that he was the "unintelligent" one, but in reality he was being groomed to be a true leader with well developed problem solving abilities.

I believe you are thinking of Asimov's "Profession". Most people are 'tape-educated' via a kind of brain-induction, but our hero is told his brain isn't fit for it, and he's sent to the 'House for the Feeble Minded.'

Eventually (after most of the story) he realizes that it's actually an

Institute of Higher Studies, but that candidates have to find that out on their own and understand his place in their society.

You can read it online, here.

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    Fred, if this is the right answer, you can accept it by clicking the checkmark on the left. Please do; it will show everyone the mystery was solved and reward both you and KHW with some reputation :) – Jenayah Nov 9 at 4:49
  • This was the story I thought of, as well. – Stilez Nov 9 at 13:06
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    Wow, that page is...something – Kevin Nov 9 at 14:46
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    But, why do they call it Olympics? – Yakk Nov 9 at 15:42
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    @Kevin What's really fascinating to me is the clash between the modern social media buttons and the 1994 look of everything else. – jpmc26 Nov 10 at 0:25

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