First of all, I don't want this to turn in to any sort of argument. I'd just like to hear everyone's opinion on this topic: Why is it that in school, intelligent children are often bullied / left out? This may seem a bit vague, because I'm sure we all know intelligent people who were quite 'popular' in school, but I'm also sure you understand where I'm coming from. For example, many children seem to rebel against school work / teachers simply for the fear of being branded a 'nerd'. I have never been able to grasp the concept of why intelligence is something to be ashamed of? I myself was a victim of this (self-inflicted however), as I purposely held back my effort in any school work so as to not be thought of as anything other than 'normal'. I can assure you, it's a decision I have lived to regret every day since finishing my schooling. My writing too was a victim; something I shunned for fear someone might find out wrote stories. Despite being so affected by it, I still have no idea why? Thoughts?