One of the more frustrating bumper stickers I see on cars says, “My Dog Is Smarter Than Your Honor Student”. Having been an honor student, my child being an honor student, and owning dogs of my own, I find that statement to be offensive.
Have you ever seen the Jeff Foxworthy show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” It’s a hoot, because to be honest, most of us are not smarter in school work than a fifth grader. There are so many things they have to know. Most of us knew some of that stuff at one point in time, but like any knowledge that doesn’t get used regularly, it’s been forgotten for a good many years.
Honor students spend a great deal of time learning things in order to be an honor student. The advanced placement classes in high school are stressful and while I found the knowledge learned by my daughter to be of marginal value, she had to know it in order to get good grades to get into a good college.
The dogs don’t have that kind of book intelligence. Nor do they have much street intelligence either. No matter how often they see our neighbors out there, they run out barking at them. If we free fed them, they’d eat until it was gone and they were sick. They don’t know moderation. We’ve taught them a lot, but there’s so much we’ll never be able to teach them. It’s not in their DNA.
I find it denigrating that people think a dog can be smarter than a student – any student. It diminishes our children and their accomplishments. It treats as garbage the achievements of honor students, many of whom work hard for what they do. The next time you see that bumper sticker, remember the difficulty it takes to succeed in school these days for our children and shake your head at the stupidity of some people out there.
I’ve included a picture of two of my boys. As much as I love them, I’d never equate their intelligence to those of a human.
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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com.