Yesterday my ten year old son returned home from an indoor lacrosse clinic with a new gem of wisdom. He is learning a lot there about typical socialization of public school kids in this town (this fall that means mixed age boys in grades 5-8).
"Mom, in school if you are smart they make fun of you and some call you an idiot. But if you're not good at school or dumb, others call them an idiot. So no matter which you are, someone's calling you an idiot."
I said that about sums it up. It makes no sense but that's the way it is.
I note that television shows on the Disney Channel have been my kid's main source of the realization that it is perceived as a bad thing to be smart or to like learning. (Thank you Zach and Cody. Not.)