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Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#1  Postby Rome Existed » Mar 15, 2010 1:17 pm

I'm always amazed at how so many people think children are stupid. I find it interesting how intelligent so many children are if they're just given the chance to talk to you without being dismissed as just a child and yet so many people aren't willing to discover this. :doh:
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#2  Postby Luis Dias » Mar 15, 2010 1:26 pm

Yeah so....?
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#3  Postby DavidNewman » Mar 15, 2010 2:13 pm

It's because they are uneducated and ignorant of more than the adult. Giving a child the same rights of way as an adult would be foolish and could get the child in trouble.
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#4  Postby Jain » Mar 15, 2010 8:55 pm

I don't know anyone who thinks children are stupid :dunno:
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#5  Postby Ciarin » Mar 15, 2010 9:02 pm

Children aren't as knowledgeable as adults most of the time, but I wouldn't equate this with stupidity.
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#6  Postby campermon » Mar 15, 2010 9:05 pm

Jain wrote:I don't know anyone who thinks children are stupid :dunno:


Have you tried working with them?

:lol:


;)
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#7  Postby Jain » Mar 15, 2010 9:15 pm

I work with the general public, I am not saying a word!
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#8  Postby campermon » Mar 15, 2010 9:16 pm

Jain wrote:I work with the general public, I am not saying a word!


:lol:

Aye, and us teachers get them first!

;)
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#9  Postby campermon » Mar 15, 2010 9:18 pm

On a serious point....In general, kids are not stupid.

In my experience it takes a stupid parent to make a child stupid...

;)
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#10  Postby Jain » Mar 15, 2010 9:23 pm

Or it takes a stupid parent to make a stupid adult.
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#11  Postby campermon » Mar 15, 2010 9:27 pm

Yes. Age is no barrier to stupidity!
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#12  Postby MoonLit » Mar 15, 2010 9:56 pm

Rome Existed wrote:I'm always amazed at how so many people think children are stupid. I find it interesting how intelligent so many children are if they're just given the chance to talk to you without being dismissed as just a child and yet so many people aren't willing to discover this. :doh:


Because sadly, they generally are. But I think "ignorant" is a more fitting word then "stupid."
Have you ever tried debating a 10 year old before? I have. It was simply ridiculous.
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There are plenty of "stupid" adults however. :lol:
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#13  Postby Ciarin » Mar 15, 2010 9:58 pm

Why would you debate with a 10 yr old?
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#14  Postby campermon » Mar 15, 2010 10:00 pm

Ciarin wrote:Why would you debate with a 10 yr old?


To teach critical thinking perhaps?

;)
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#15  Postby Emmeline » Mar 15, 2010 10:07 pm

What do you mean by stupid?
eg Not having knowledge or experience or something else?
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#16  Postby campermon » Mar 15, 2010 10:11 pm

I went with wiki;

"Stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or sense."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stupidity

In which case, most children are certainly not.

;)
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#17  Postby MoonLit » Mar 15, 2010 10:56 pm

Ciarin wrote:Why would you debate with a 10 yr old?


Doesn't matter.

campermon wrote:
Ciarin wrote:Why would you debate with a 10 yr old?


To teach critical thinking perhaps?

;)


Well surprisingly enough, I've learned in just the past year of debating young one's that if you keep your patience, and don't actually talk to them like they're stupid, that they'll open themselves up to new information. :cheers: Though there are those who get all snotty as well of course. :lol: Once one starts behaving like that, I ignore them.
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#18  Postby Emmeline » Mar 15, 2010 11:04 pm

Ciarin wrote:Why would you debate with a 10 yr old?

Because both of you might enjoy it and learn something from each other.
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#19  Postby Ciarin » Mar 15, 2010 11:19 pm

campermon wrote:
Ciarin wrote:Why would you debate with a 10 yr old?


To teach critical thinking perhaps?

;)



I don't think debating with a 10 yr teaches critical thinking.
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Re: Why do so many people think children are stupid?

#20  Postby LIFE » Mar 15, 2010 11:30 pm

campermon wrote:

"Stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or sense."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stupidity


That's a stupid definition.
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