Reflection Survey #4 Intelligence Results



Imagine that you are about to have a child who you hope will be intelligent. What does “intelligent” mean to you? What kinds of skills, behaviors, knowledge, ways of thinking, abilities, etc. would that include?


Responses: (get the Word file of responses here Reflection Survey 4 Intelligence Results)


I think intelligent means how to take care of yourself mentally. Most people think intelligence is to be smart, but I think there’s more to it. I think to be intelligent is to be mentally capable of taking care of yourself, also its making wise and careful decisions regarding your life.


Insatiable curiosity. One of the most intelligent people I have ever known wanted “to know everything” as a teenager, and has never stopped learning.  Courage. The determination to search for truth, and the courage to give up preconceived notions when it is found. Wisdom. Infusing knowledge with compassion and justice with mercy. Humility. There is always more to learn, and boredom is the ultimate arrogance.
“Character is higher than intellect.” ~Emerson


Intelligent can be the way to act, deal, response and think. Skills of reading, writing, playing music… or wherever he or she likes. If a talk about behavior I cannot say anything, just be neutral and critical in any aspect of life itself, all kind of knowledge such as languages. I mean it is like how I want to be, I can realize how selfish can I be if I’m trying to made a previous concept about something that is completely unpredictable. Although, I will hope a player music child, emotional intelligent, traveler, and all kind of reading and knowledge skills.


If I had a baby I would want him or her to be intelligent. I would want my child to make wise decisions. Work hard for what they believe in and fight for what they believe in. I would want my child to work hard in school and be successful. However, overall I would want my child to be intelligent in the way to have a thought process. Whether my child was intelligent or not it’s really about raising your child to make smart decisions and be happy with whatever they do in life.



Intelligent to me is being smart, making good judgments, learning from mistakes and understanding what is going on. School has always been a big thing to me so I will encourage my child to go as far as possible in school. I would also want my child to be able to make educated decisions for their life. To be intelligent isn’t just about getting a good grade in school its about going and learning and understanding what is being taught. I would like for my child to become well rounded and be able to concentrate on school and activities that they choose to participate in. Keeping kids busy and being supportive will help to keep them out of trouble. They hopefully will be respectful to me and learn quickly when they do things wrong how to make smart decisions to not get in trouble again. I don’t need a doctor for a child but as long as they can have an education and be smart about making life decisions I will be happy.



The word “intelligent” to me means someone who has a bright future on his or her shoulder. The type of skills that I would consider intelligent are when you are a step ahead of those around you meaning that you read, write, your math skills are off the charts. The type of behaviors that I would say are intelligent are those that you make up yourself, what do I mean by this is that you’re not going to fallow those around you but lead them into the right path. The knowledge that makes you intelligent is the one you as the person have to make by yourself.



I think intelligent means how to take care of yourself mentally. Most people think intelligence is to be smart, but I think there’s more to it. I think to be intelligent is to be mentally capable of taking care of yourself, also its making wise and careful decisions regarding your life.



This is a difficult question because I’m never going to have children, am not ready to be a father, and if I did, I wouldn’t care if they weren’t intelligent or were lacking in any traits, because I would love them all the same. I suppose I would hope that they would excel in all areas, simply to make life easier for them. However, if they excelled at everything, then they wouldn’t really need me, so I rather just accept what God gives me and be happy. Something I know many cultures don’t believe in, like China, who places more importance in males and thus, is overpopulated.



To me, intelligence means a lot of stuff. The most common intelligence has to do with the way a person thinks. When someone says that you’re really intelligent, it usually has to do with your educational smarts. But for there can be more than just being smart in school. You can also be intelligent when it comes to some skills or abilities that you at have. Like those people who can take an engine apart and perfectly put it back together.



If I had a child and hoped they were intelligent, I would hope that they would be raised to have the right mind set, such as a positive attitude in school and to what he could accomplish in his life. I would also hope that he would be able to know how to react to situations in the right context, such as when to laugh at something verses when to be sympathetic. That he could tell right from wrong by learning from his mistakes and accomplishments. And lastly I would hope that he would be intelligent enough to learn everything he possibly could, such as not saying, “Why do I need to learn this” or “When am I going to use this ever again”. I hope for this because the truth is you never know what you will need to learn until that one situation comes up where you wish you would have paid attention.



Intelligent to me would mean a kid with multiple talents. My kid would acquire multiple skills. Intelligent kids are fast learners. They can learn multiple things quickly are thinkers. Most kids are intelligent they just need to keep adding to their knowledge. Kids that are intelligent can hold conversations with people. These kids usually are a little more outgoing and they ask more questions. These kids usually hold a lot of curiosity.



I view myself as an intelligent individual. I feel that anything I’ve ever really tried to do, I have done; and I feel like I have an excellent memory that has given me a leg up on a lot of people when I apply myself. I am also already the father of a five-year-old little boy named Jack. I do hope that he grows up to be intelligent, but I also sincerely hope that it’s a different kind of intelligence. From the time I was in 4th grade, all I’ve heard is teachers talk about how I could be the smartest kid in the class if I would only apply myself. The problem I have is that I don’t have any motivation to do so. I make a lot of stupid and careless decisions simply because I don’t care enough about myself to better myself. I think of myself as being the dumbest smart guy I know. I do not want this for my son.

Intelligence, to me, means not only being smart, but being able to make the right decisions when it counts. It means that when you see your best friends heading down the wrong path you don’t go with them. I’ve spent many years of my life trying to save lost causes. Messing up my own life trying to save the lives of others has become the story of my own life and that’s exactly what I don’t want for Jack.

As far as skills go, I don’t care what he does. I love music. I can play the guitar, piano, bass, drums, and anything I can get my hands on. I wish I would have been smart enough to pick one and become really excellent at it rather than choosing to become pretty good with everything. I hope that whatever he decides to do, he is intelligent to listen to me when I tell him he could stick with it.

I feel that intelligent behavior is what I’m most worried about, because that’s the area where I have struggled the most. I believe that intelligent behavior is more than just being smart. It’s being able to look at a situation, see the right path and the wrong path and then choose to walk down the right path. Intelligent behavior is listening to the people around you that have been in your shoes before when it’s time to make a big decision.

Knowledge is the easiest part of intelligence. An intelligent person has the desire to learn and the curiosity to seek that knowledge and never stop pursuing it. Intelligence is easy.

Ways of thinking vary greatly, there are a thousand and one ways to think intelligently. I think it ties into the knowledge. Question everything, and it will shape your way of thinking as you go.

I hope that he is as intelligent as I am, but that he makes more intelligent decisions with his own life. No matter where he ends up, who he ends up with, or what he ends up doing. If he makes more intelligent decisions, then I will have succeeded as a father.



If I were to have a child and wanted he/she to be intelligent I would hope that my child would learn quickly. I would want them to learn what is right and what is wrong. I want them to learn from there “mistake”. I would want my child to mess with an object or puzzle until they figured it out. When my niece Karina was about 4 or 5 and she loved playing with puzzles. She learned quickly with the puzzles that had shapes and you fit them into the correct place because she learned what shapes of a piece went where. As she turned 6 and 7 she developed a broader mind set on puzzles. She now likes to work on 50 piece puzzles plus more.

I would also want my child to be obedient. I want them to be able to follow directions and listen very well. I don’t want a mouthy child or a child that talked back to me. I would want them to use common sense and think about the situation first then act.



Intelligent means to me is if a person was to learn something new he will become the best at it even though he barley learn it in days. The skills he will have will be infinite; my expectations will be too low because of his skills. He behavior would be humble and yet not afraid to speak his ideas out. Knowledge is not something that anyone it born with but he could learn it. He would have to think that although he is intelligent he could not always accomplish without help from people. Sometimes you don’t need strength or height to become something if you have intelligent you could become the next Steve jobs: Steve Job wasn’t the tallest or strongest but he was an entrepreneur and also intelligent.



If I was having a child, and I wished for him or her to be intelligent, it wouldn’t solely be based on knowledge. An intelligent person to me stays informed on current events, has an open mind, is accepting of other cultures, ideas, and religions, and is an all-around good person. An intelligent person has their own views, but learns about other people’s ideas and respects them. As an agnostic, I wouldn’t mind if he or she were religious. Religion used to be cause for war, but nowadays, it teaches people to be good, generous, and has good networks of people and activities. I would hope that my child isn’t “that guy” who in class is smart to the point of being obnoxious. They would be smart, yet have restraint.


Intelligence generally refers to natural aptitude, as far as I can tell, but I recognize the broader set of traits and behaviors associated with ‘intelligence’, and to me they are (in part) these:
• early language acquisition
• talent for puzzles and logic
• enthusiasm for reading
• quick learning
• appreciation of wordplay
• playful imagination
• fascinations with the workings of the world, natural and social
• recognition of sarcasm
• critical treatment of new information (rejection of absurdities)
• empathetic interest in others, even in novel or foreign situations
• a frequent desire to build, draw, write, or otherwise create things
• argumentative (positive and assertive and/or curious, though not necessarily combative)

That list is incomplete, and of course I wouldn’t expect all of those traits to emerge, or for those which do emerge to emerge simultaneously. I also don’t expect my children to be clever, but I do expect them to hold an ‘intelligent’ world view, namely one which entails an interest in the workings and goings-on of the world around them, as well as critical thinking, reflection, and respect for the intellectual pursuits of others. By this I mean that having a child with little or no aptitude for mathematics, reading, drawing, or any measurable form of intelligence at all would not disappoint me so long as they didn’t take a view that was apathetic to the complexity and urgency of life. Aptitude supposedly comes in large part as a roll of the dice; I’d like to believe that the other aspects of intelligent personhood are things that I could and will foster in a child some day.


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