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603 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 16 years ago by emitchell

Are gentleness and good judgment in the early years of childhood a good indicator of a child’s intelligence?

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16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/03 - 1:04:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not at all, that's an indicator of how their parents have raised them. Intelligence has nothing to do with how 'good' a person is.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/03 - 1:07:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Gentleness probably is not an indication of intelligence.

Good judgement probably is.

16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/23/03 - 1:32:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with wanderer... gentleness most likely doesn't tell whether or not a child is intelligent, but good judgement could certainly do that. Good judgement would show that the child has perception and reasoning skills that enable them to make sound decisions - which I think would be a good indication of a good intelligence level.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/04 - 1:00:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
definitely not, i was a really smart kid and i wasnt gentle at all... plus i had the worst judgement ever
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/7/04 - 5:57:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
There is no child intelligence.... what are you people talking about? I ate dirt when I was 5!
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/7/04 - 5:57:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not for me. I was very cruel as a child.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/7/04 - 6:32:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Good judgement? Yes. Gentleness? Nah, I don't really see a connection.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/7/04 - 6:34:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^ Exactly I don't really get where this question is comming from.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/7/04 - 6:36:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
probably more of an indication of good character than intelligence.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/7/04 - 7:02:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I take this question to mean "If a child's parents and other authority figures demonstrate and instill gentleness and good judgment in the child, will that mean that the child will turn out to be mentally intelligent?"

No. Fostering gentleness and good jugment in a child build a strong foundation for his/her emotional intelligence, which does actually count more than academic smarts. Emotional intelligence is what actually makes or breaks individuals.

Academic smarts can occur in a person even if he/she has the most rotten character. They might have the ability to excel academically but their rotten mindsets put a hamper on using their abilities to succeed.

When it comes down to it, these children will know how to face reality with grace, skill, wit, and strength. They will know when to consider others' inputs vs. when to stand for their own. They will be our greatest leaders.

15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/13/04 - 9:56:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/13/04 - 9:58:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. A gentle kid doesn't mean he/she is smart.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/10/05 - 5:27:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
An indicator, perhaps, but certainly not the only or most reliable indicator.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/11/05 - 4:47:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
The movie about Forrest Gump didn't seem entirely unrealistic to me.

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