Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by anamarie. anamarie Wonders, “whats the difference between wisdom and knowlege” Thanks for WONDERing with us, anamarie!

Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel tired? All you want to do is roll over and go back to sleep for a few more minutes…or hours!

When you’re tired, you may also lack motivation. You might not feel like going to school at all. In fact, you might WONDER why you have to go to school for so many years anyway. Can’t you just Google what you need to know in the future?

When you feel this way, we encourage you to eat a good breakfast and hit the ground running with a positive attitude. School gives you the opportunity to gain important knowledge. It’s also a chance to interact with friends and adults. This will help you build important social skills for later in life.

Your teachers may even go the extra mile! They’ll help you understand how and why you will use what you learn beyond the classroom. When that happens, pay attention! You’ll be wise for doing so.

All this talk about knowledge and wisdom may have you thinking, “But aren’t knowledge and wisdom the same thing? And if not, how are they different?” That’s a great question!

There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to defining these two words. Still, most people do draw a distinction between knowledge and wisdom. Let’s take a closer look at what might allow someone to be knowledgeable but not wise.

Many experts define knowledge as understanding basic facts, truths, and information. We gain knowledge from learning and education.

Wisdom, on the other hand, is the ability to use knowledge in a practical, intelligent way. Most people believe wisdom comes from everyday experiences.

Knowledge is understanding certain information. Wisdom is the ability to use your knowledge to make good decisions in your life.

One common phrase helps some people explain the difference. They say, “Knowledge is understanding that a tomato is botanically a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put a tomato in a fruit salad!”

As you go through school, you will gain all sorts of knowledge over the years. Will you become wise, though? We hope so! Apply yourself and let your everyday experiences teach you how to use your knowledge in practical ways. Then, you’ll grow to be both knowledgeable and wise.

Standards: CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8

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