Sadly, common thinking does not regard each one as unique or intelligent, and focuses only on getting everyone to be the same, and then applauding those who are academically bright.
Collaboration is a highly sought-after skill. We have begun to realize how inter-dependent we are and that we achieve greater success if we collaborate.
We are in the 21st century. Just saying that brings a kind of mystique and excitement even today, as it did, when we made the great leap from the 20th century into this one — a feeling of exhilaration as though we have crossed some barrier into a ‘brighter age’.