Sunday, 3 June 2007

Smart Kids -- Everyone Else is Wrong

Here's an interesting essay I found about the problems that smart children have in school.

The author, a self-proclaimed ex-teenage nerd, says that he had no problems in junior school, nor in adult life, but in secondary school his life became a misery.

This is close to my experience, and maybe to yours too.

Have a read and please leave a comment.


9 comments:

PW said...

My view, Richie, is that smart people and stupid people can find it equally difficult to fit in with the gang. I don't think Ralph Malph was particularly bright, but he wasn't going to the Fonz's best mate, was he?

I think popularity in US high schools is closely bound up with archetypal images of masculinity and femininity. You're the football player or your the pretty cheerleader. If you're a football player who secretly wants to be a pretty cheerleader, you don't fit in so well.

One of the problems for smart kids is their disdain for the seemingly trivial and superficial activities/proclivities of the in-crowd. They can never fit in because they don't want to spend their weekend cruising around town in a convertable. They'd rather stay home with mom and make sure they don't flunk that math test.

Richie said...

PW: Hmm, maybe smart kids could learn to combine the superficial activities which make people popular with their studying...

By all means go cruising in the convertible--just take your maths homework with you. But leave the mum at home...

The streets would be very different if you saw gangs of youngsters hanging around burger bars and discos discussing the square of the hypoto-whatsit.

Ah, but would these streets be any safer? - I hear you say. Maybe you'd be in danger not only of being mugged and strangled, but also of being triangulated...

Justin said...

Okay, okay. Listen up people. People call smart people nerds because they've got no thing else to do. And they usually do it just to impress someone, or to justify their social status. I still don't know WHY people set a bunch of people who aren't as STUPID as them and call them names. Maybe the stupid shall be recognized as inferior one day? Hm?

I'm not popular myself- as long as you got yourself a couple close friends you're good.

The "people-pleasers" (aka the "popular kids") are, I'm sorry if I offend any of you popular kids in school, a bunch of party hopping punks who think that being a social freak is "cool".

You say my perspective is biased?
Probably.

And yours?

Yep.



Class dismissed.

Justin said...

pw- and by the way, I don't HAVE to study. HA. I aced every single test during our Ancient Civilizations unit...

Take THAT.

Oh and by the way...

Sorry for my harsh comments.

But hey- we're all biased, aren't we?

I'm not really on the GENIUS side. Yes, I do have a life (contrary to popular belief), and maybe it's because us "nerds" are thinking ahead. Maybe about our future. HMMM?? Anyways, Bill Gates said it best:

"Be nice to nerds because you'll probably end up working for one."

Justin said...

PS- Nice post Richie! Keep up the good work.

Justin said...

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Please, go to http://groups.google.com/group/ancienthistory

and then files and then the .wmv file. Thanks!

Matthew said...

LOL. How can it be possible to have absolute no problems in junior school, adult life?

But I am having fun in my secondary school years though =)

PW said...

Someone at the University of California has recently conducted a study of the people who inhabit Facebook and MySpace respectively. According to a report in The Guardian, the researcher says MySpace is for "kids who didn't play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm". I think she must mean the smart ones.

PW said...

Hey, Richie. Where have you gone, amigo? No blogging since way back when. What gives?