Barbara Ehrenreich's Hidden Intellectualism

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The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich, Hidden Intellectualism by Gerald Graff, and Nuclear Waste by Richard A. Muller are all pieces of literature in the book They Say, I say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein. These pieces give readers an example of different types of college level writing samples with the purpose providing them with a source of influence to assist in further developing their own skills. Just by looking at the titles you can can tell these writings have very different topics, which they do. Yet the themes of these writings are all too similar. Don 't Blame the Eater, Hidden Intellectualism and Nuclear Waste all address observations and insights involving the American educational system. Of course an educational book, published in America is going to have a few readings with themes related to American educational system. By implementing writings with educational theme 's, Graff …show more content…
Graff believes that this is far from the truth. He used his early childhood knowledge of sports as an example of how street smarts can be just as intellectual, or even more intellectual, than book smarts. “Sports is full of challenging arguments, debates, problems, for analysis, and intricate statistics that you could care about, as school conspicuously was not”(248). Indeed, Graff is not only referring to sports as a form of hidden intelligence, the main point he is trying to make is that when learning something, it is key for you to have interest in it, in order for you to apply and advance that knowledge. Graff believes that schools need to understand this, which he points out when he argues, “Schools and colleges are missing an opportunity when they do not encourage students to take their non academic interests as objects of academic study.” No elaboration

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