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Jolina Munsayac
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09 September 2014
How I Got Smart Reading Response This article’s title says it all. It is a story about how a guy got smart. In the first few paragraphs, the author talks about how students view teachers as bookworms who would study a lot rather than playing and end up to be a teacher anyway. He mentions that he tried to explain that the image that they are picturing during his adolescence is wrong. He hated compulsory education with a passion. I believe that the author’s argument is that everyone is smart in their own way. He argues that he did not get smart by the way most of the students would assume right away that just because ones a teacher, then they have been a book worm and just studied a lot during their adolescence. This is why the author told a story about an experience that changed his life. An experience on how he got smart and this is because of a girl named Debbie. Just like a typical high school student, he fell in love with Debbie at first sight and since she was an intelligent lady, the author felt obliged to be intelligent as well to impress her. Though the storyline ended as the incentive being gone because the author just got led on by Debbie, he says that “Having savored the heady wine of knowledge, I could not now alter my course”. Reading this article made me think how we all have different backgrounds on why who we are now and how we all have our own ways on how we become who we are and what we are. I believe that everybody is smart in their own way and they just become smarter and smarter. We all have different experiences and this article is a unique one. I do agree with the author that students automatically assume that teachers come from a background such that during their adolescence, they were always studying and bookworms. Teachers were students like us too and they have been through what we are going through but some time throughout their lives, they just experience something that made them who they are now. Not everyone is smart just because they do their homework, read, and study all the time. We are all different in our own ways and go through different situations.…...

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