Glen Engel-Cox Posted almost 3 years ago Did you see CNN's documentary Don't Fail Me by Soledad O'Brien? What was your response? Melissa, I haven't had the chance to see the O'Brien report, although several people have mentioned it to me. You are entirely correct that, as a culture, we do not seem to encourage our children to see being smart in the same way we encourage them to, for example, be able to throw a long football pass. However, I do think this has been changing somewhat in the last decades. Nerd still has a negative connotation, but the rise of the comuputer set has led to the adoption of the word "geek" as a more acceptable label, one that many young professionals and programmers start proudly using as early as grade school. Perhaps all we need is to find that new label without the past baggage (unfortunately geek, as a term, has a long past history as well, and I'm not sure it's the perfect term either) for society to embrace as we attempt to change everyone's attitude regarding what it means to be a smart kid.