life beyond the well…

Question: Is “smart” something you ARE or something you GET?


As a teacher, I’m a firm believer that smart is something you get.  You can work hard, push your limits, read more books and become “smarter”.  It’s one of the reasons that I push my students so hard- because I’m understanding that there’s always more knowledge for them to acquire, thereby making them more knowledgeable and smarter.

However, when I posed this question to my students last week, their answers differed from mine.  This isn’t wholly surprising- I’m coming up on 30, and most of them are between the ages of 15-18; therefore our life experiences and thought patterns are different.  Nevertheless, I was surprised at the number of students who believed that smart was something you are inherently; in the sense of, either you have it or you don’t.  Quite the interesting mindset, to say the least.

So, I’m posing this question to you: Is “smart” something you ARE or something you get?


Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

2 thoughts on “Question: Is “smart” something you ARE or something you GET?

  1. Smart is something you get however it is who you ARE if it is truly inherited from our parents, which means they have placed a high value on the importance of an education! Growing up, it was important to my mother that I read different books, for me not so much. It was not until I became older and went through various experiences did I really understand the value of reading because it has helped me not to only become smarter but has aided me in my transition into working on being a better person.

    • Smart is something we all are; however, we can we can improve our smartness as we acquire new knowledge. This is a complicated statement and can be taken either way depending on how it is delivered.

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