Analysis Of The Article ' Hidden Intellectualism ' By Gerald Graff

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In the essay “Hidden Intellectualism,” Gerald Graff argues intelligence is not black and white, and there can be different ways for it to be shown. Specifically, Graff believes that in academic settings students should be able to be given the chance to study subjects that interest them. As the author puts it, “But they would be more prone to take on intellectual identities if we encouraged them to do so at first on subjects that interest them rather than ones that interest us.” Although some people believe the only intelligence is shown through academic work and school, Graff insists that schools and colleges are missing an opportunity when they discourage students from turning their interests in nonacademic activities into something they can learn from while still keeping them interested. In sum, his view is intelligence is not solely academic and students should be given a chance to explore which one is theirs. Throughout this essay, Graff compares street smarts to book smarts, and how each one should be viewed as beneficial in an academic setting. When Graff mentions street smarts is one of the many forms of intelligence, I can 't help but to relate. Growing up in the South Bronx with parents who had an addiction wasn 't the ideal situation, but it did make me smarter. The kind of smart I 'm talking about is knowing when to come home to avoid the drug dealers, when to use the elevator or staircase that day, and knowing that loyalty to your friends and family was…

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