Analysis Of Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate The Smart Kids By Grant Penrod

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A Great Dislike for Intellectuals
“[I]ntellectuals constantly see their efforts trivialized in the rush to lavish compliments elsewhere,” (759). This is a statement from Grant Penrod’s article, Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids, that creates a strong inquiry as to why the problem occurs. His article presents an in-depth exploration of the reasons.
Penrod starts off the article by stating that an Arizona high school football team was praised for their championship, but that the academic teams, at that same school, were hardly praised at all. He presents another example, of these injustices, by mentioning the horrible online messages about intellectuals and how they are too prevalent in today’s society. Penrod continues on by
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He uses examples of the uneducated successful, such as Christina Aguilera and President George W. Bush, to further his point that public examples lead to anti-intellectualism. To explain his third point, Penrod discusses how the unimaginable wealth of celebrities, like Sammy Sosa, lead people to inquire as to why there is even a need for education. However, he refutes this way of thinking by proving that someone with a doctorate degree earns twice the salary than someone with only a high school diploma. Penrod effectively delivers his argument, through the use of evidence, about why we hate the smart kids; I agree with him that social stereotypes, public examples, and monetary obsession are reasons for …show more content…
I often inquire as to why six long years of education, in order for me to become a Certified Nurse Midwife, is necessary. My central reason for these inquiries is because I just want to start working, as soon as possible, so that I can make money. Thoughts like these are very prevalent in today’s society as money is thought to be an important aspect of happiness. In the article, Penrod mentions the famous Sammy Sosa, who earned around eighteen million dollars in one year. He says that, through social media, this image of the celebrity has greatly influenced our perspectives and I agree because I sometimes think that if people like that can earn so much without an education, then education is no longer necessary. Penrod proves that I am not alone in this kind of thinking when he establishes that some people believe that, “[E]ducation is now merely an archaic institution that continues to cling to obsolete practices,” (761). Penrod also states that, “Certainly, most of the people affected by these media images are teenagers, but these budding young anti-intellectuals carry the sentiments of education-bashing into their adult lives as well,” (761). Although I agree with this statement, it would be even more beneficial, for the article, to fabricate examples of how the adults express anti-intellectualism in their

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