Which would you rather it be said about your child, that he be lazy or stupid? It’s actually a more difficult question than the first glance. We tend to put a lot of emphasis on innate mental ability. We celebrate that our kids our smart, that they have above average intelligence in an area, but what usually accompanies above average intelligence is below average work ethic.
This is especially the case in a public school setting. I can remember two things about being in the accelerated classes in high school. One was the competition among us. The other was the bragging about how much or how little one had to do to have that passing grade (especially if you didn’t get the highest grade and you “should have”).
We as parents can’t change how intelligent our child is– God determined that when He created them. We can help mold their work ethic.