Hidden Intellectualism Essay

623 Words Dec 9th, 2007 3 Pages
I believe this essay "Hidden Intellectualism," by Gerald Graff is a very persuasive argument. It seems to be a sound, strong argument for the authors point. he not only lists exactly what he is talking about, but also what could help other; specifically how street smarts can very well be more intellectual than book smarts. Gerald Graff's essay, "Hidden Intellectualism," is a critique on how schools are missing out on a valuable opportunity to encourage students to learn more academically. Graff feels that utilizing what he calls "street smarts" is an effective way to relate to students. I feel Graff's theory is an effective way to use student's interests to engage them in school. I agree with Graff because if a student is more …show more content…
Everyone will have different things, texts, or subjects they excel in. Also the teachers will have different interests as well. For example, if a teacher did not know anything about a particular topic, s/he would not know what is information is correct, and what isn't. The teacher would have to research the subject themselves and if they had to do this for more than one student plus grade others papers they would be grading papers forever. The teachers would have to be very resourceful to know enough about each student interest. The students could teach the teacher something new, but that would make no sense at all. It would is a great idea to introduce a topic of each nature to every student. I believe it would be very beneficial to all students to be subjected to a small part of every aspect in life; be it cars, fashion, sports or Shakespeare. Gerald Graff makes an excellent point on how to tap into everyone's hidden Intellectualism, their street smarts and how the educational system can perhaps bridge a link in the gap of a dull "high stakes testing of information and vast reading" (146) and the street smarts of students not interested in Shakespeare or algebra. There are now specific programs such as sports management in colleges to help us with this link. The author makes a very good argument and one in which I can relate

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