Around here we all like Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader. Paul, I and my brother Darryl really like it. When I know he’s coming for the weekend, I’ll save a couple weeks episodes just so we can watch it together. I think it’s all about just trying to answer the questions. We like that. We play Wii bowling and watch that. Boy, we are a bunch of Wild ParTAY animals.
Anyway, it entertains us. I was thinking though, we aren’t all good at the same subjects. We’ve seen people on there and said to each other “what a dummy!” It got me to thinking though, is anyone “really” dumb? Or do some of us just know more about different things?
Paul and Darryl are both very good at the science, math, geography and measurement questions. Me, not so much. Does that make me “dumb?” But I’m the one who pulls through with the english, spelling, arts and animal science questions. So does that then make them “dumb?” Just because I don’t know the capital of a country that I never heard of or they don’t know what “family” a flute belongs to, I don’t think that makes any of us dummies.
I don’t know if you have ever seen this video. I remember seeing it live. It’s pretty humorous. It’s Kelly Pickler from American Idol and she was the talk of the town after this aired. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the 3 1/2 minutes. I sure wish you could see it SKL, you’d get a kick out of it. The question was “Budapest is the capital of what country?” The first words out of her mouth were “I thought Europe was a country!!!” She goes downhill from there.
There was talk at first that she acted “ditzy” like this on purpose but I’ve seen her on other things and she does talk first and think second but I kind of find her endearing in a way. I think her biggest mistake was just not saying “I don’t know” and left it at that. Did you see the way those 5th graders were looking at her? Like they couldn’t really believe what they were hearing her say. I think someone finally had Jeff Foxworthy speechless.
I also think on this show that people just way over think. Instead of just going with what you think is the right answer right off the bat, they try and “figure” it out when they probably knew the answer to begin with. They end up talking themselves out of the right answer. If that makes sense.
I know a lot of “smart” people who aren’t really very “smart.” Book smart and street smart are equally important. I mean, sending a man to the moon and figuring out all that “scientific” stuff is all very well and good but if you can’t walk and chew gum at the same time or open yourself up a can of soup so you can eat, you could be in a bad way.
Have you ever judged someone because you knew something that they didn’t without thinking about the things they may know that you don’t? Do we know more about the things that we enjoy and interest us more? One last question, what makes us retain certain things we’ve learned and not others?