I’m Not Dumb

I’m Not Dumb is a teen monologue about feeling inadequate. Tabitha talks to her guidance counselor about feeling less intelligent than the other kids.

TABITHA: I try my hardest in school but I am always just passing by the skin of my teeth.  I feel like I am dumber than the other kids.  I don’t know why I am not smart like they are.  I study when I go home.  Sometimes I stay after school for extra help.  I always do extra credit.

Why am I not smart enough, Mrs. Gardner?  I want to have a good future.  I know I am young but what I do now will mean something later in my life, I just know it.  My parents are immigrants who came to this country and I want to make them proud.  But how can I make them proud when I am stupid?

What is wrong with me?

Joseph Arnone

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