The Secret To Raising Smart Kids Summary

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Analysis pt. 2
After reading, “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids” and “It’s Not Me, It’s You” I have come to the conclusion that both journalists understand intelligence differently. Dweck thought that one had a choice whether one would like to be intelligent or not; she thought as long as one applied his or herself, they’d be able to grasp the knowledge at hand and apply it when needed later on. “Our society worships talent, and many people assume that possessing superior intelligence or ability- along with confidence in that ability- is a recipe for success” (Dweck, 10-12). Paul, on the other hand, believed that intelligence was nothing but a social factor. The smarter the kids one interacted with, the smarter one became. The more ignorant
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If one surrounded oneself with intelligent people, one would appear to be intelligent and might even give off an aura about them, that they were actually intelligent. When two intelligent people are having a conversation, they tend to learn informational things within that conversation, because both parties hold valuable knowledge in their brains that can and more than likely will be shared with their partner in conversation. But when two people, who do not really know much, are having a conversation, they do not really learn much because neither of them have any valuable information to share. “You feel especially smart and funny when talking to a particular person, only to feel hopelessly unintelligent and inarticulate in the presence of another” (Paul, 1). The similarity of these two definitions of intelligence is that they are both valid assumptions of what intelligence really is. Everyone has a different interpretation of reality, and these two journalists just simply have stated their opinions on how they think intelligence was developed. Both Dweck and Paul, have sound theories pertaining to the definition of intelligence. They both have concrete evidence backing up their theories. Scientific studies have both proven that these philosophies are
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