Essay on `` Hidden Intellectualism `` By William Graff

1245 Words Jan 28th, 2015 5 Pages
People say that book smarts are all you need to get by in life, but what if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere? People with just book smarts would just break down, some might even call for help, but what if help never arrives? People with some street smarts would be able to fix their problem and not even need to panic in a situation where their car breaks down because they know what to do. If someone has never been in a situation that required something not taught in school, would they be ready for it? Street smarts is something that is not generally taught in school, and is often considered non educational and something ruffians and the common rabble do. The truth is that most people can not get by in todays ever changing world without any street smarts. In the article Hidden Intellectualism, author William Graff, argues that scholars and academics alike will have to be forced to acknowledge and accept street smarts for being credible and for their educational value, and not just an non-intelligent pastime.
Gerald Graff states in Hidden Intellectualism that schools only praise book smarts, “schools and colleges might be at fault for missing the opportunity to tap into such street smarts and channel them into good academic work” (380). Graff says that he once only thought that street smarts were the way to go, and that you would never need book smarts in your life. But later in life after college started he started to see the value in book smarts (381-2). Whether…

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