Essay on My Thoughts On Hidden Intellectualism

1536 Words Nov 1st, 2016 7 Pages
My thoughts on “Hidden Intellectualism” Students get excited about things like music, cars, sports and fashion. So why not let them explore these fields? A subject that bores a student will receive lackluster responses and efforts. If an educator is going to force a student to write a paper, they might as well allow students to write about what they’re interested in, and save everyone’s time and effort. The results will be a passionately written essay with tons of facts and arguments behind it, thus meeting academic standards. "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" In his article "Hidden Intellectualism," Gerald Graff criticizes those that do not put value into "street smarts." Graff insists that knowledge goes far beyond academic learning and continues into the everyday world. Gerald Graff’s essay, “Hidden Intellectualism”, argues for the convergence of “street smarts” of students and the school classroom. Asserting that these street smarts “…go untapped by formal schooling”, Graff states that student’s interests are identified as anti-intellectual and teachers ignore the potential that lays in students discourse about areas of interest them. “To emerge as critical theory, street smarts have to undergo transformation. Students who become intellectuals are inventing a new identity as much as unearthing one that was already there.”

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