Smart and Not So Smart
This video is called Why Smart People Do Stupid Things (5:20), though the focus is really on the things that get in the way of thinking clearly, no matter how “smart” one might be.
This BBC piece with researcher David Robson covers five ways that one’s decision making can go rather awry. It covers some sophisticated concepts, but even if you are an elementary student, understanding that there are times when you think more or less clearly can be good for how you make choices.
Remember, too, that “smart” is one of those ideas that we all give too much attention to. Do good grades make someone smart? How about talking a lot? What about remembering that when someone is upset, you may not know what the thing is that really is bothering him or her?
There are lots of smart things you can do, such as studying in a way that works for you, listening more, and asking questions when you might be tempted to make a statement. These are all things that are useful, whether or not you think you are “smart.”
video: Why smart people do stupid things, posted by the BBC
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