What is intelligence

Topics: Intelligence, Learning, Intellectual giftedness Pages: 3 (1308 words) Published: November 9, 2013
 Uche Ezeoke
Mr. Smith
Research Paper
What is Intelligence anyway? Intelligence is based on situation. Have you ever tried defining Intelligence, I mean like for real? What is Intelligence? Sure the first thing that comes to mind is being academically sound right? Making A’s, staying tops in your class, making dad and mom happy right? Well Intelligence isn’t all about academics; I say “Intelligence picks what it is depending on the situation”. Take for example, I take this math test and out of a possible 100, I get a 99, people automatically say I’m smart, right? (Smart is Intelligent right?) What If I have this brother, who is not too good in the academic field but, is a great soccer player, whenever one on one with the goalie he fakes his body and scores the goal, lots of people would call him a smart or an intelligent player, my point exactly; we both would be seen as intelligent people, just in far different fields, if any one needed help in maths they’d approach me, if you needed help in soccer you’d meet my brother. Going back to the contexts Isaac Asimov says that “Yet when anything went wrong with my car I hastened to him with it and watched him anxiously as he explored its vitals – and he always fixed my car” Isaac was really Intelligent, he nailed a 160 out of a possible 100, so with all this academicals intelligence why couldn’t he fix his car himself? Graff agrees with this statement and further explains it when he says “They are prone to take on intellectual identities if we encouraged them to do so at first with what interests them rather than those that interests us” Graff is telling us that Intelligence is possible at any time what so ever but, you should allow the person start off with what interests him. Isaac is very smart, for what we know he could have picked up some screws and fixed his car himself but couldn’t because it wasn’t in his interest yet; both men are...
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