An Analysis Of Hidden Intellectualism By Gerald Graff

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“Hidden Intellectualism” by Gerald Graff Albert Einstein once said "everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole existence thinking it is stupid". There are many students who relate to that fish believing they are unintelligent and useless. Believing that they cannot possibly succeed in the education system. The education system is failing to teach students and bring out their maximum potential. Everyday thousands of students drop out of school because they are failing to succeed. Gerald Graff argues in his article “Hidden Intellectualism” that the educational institution are failing to nurture students. He believes that some students would be more willing to learn and have better…show more content…
That is one reason why students who are labeled as “geeks or nerds” do good in school and student who are labeled as “street smarts” do worse in school. The students who are labeled as street smarts struggle in school because what is being taught is not something they can relate to or find interest in. Those students who struggle in school are not “stupid” or “lazy” they have a form of intellectualism that need to be developed. Students can’t be judged because they are having trouble succeeding in school when it's the school's fault for not trying to reach the students who are labeled as street smart just the ones who are labeled as “geeks” or “nerd”. Students are taught to be book smart in school instead of street smarts because people assume intellectually intelligence come from book smart and overlook street smarts. Being book smart is an excellent quality, but simply teaching students what is only in the books can be dull and can further discourage students who already perform poorly in school. 75% of students reveal that the materials taught in school is not interesting or engaging, and if the materials are not interesting, then student are not going to pay attention or want to learn the materials. What is being taught in school has not changed in a long time. Everything in the world has evolved phones, cars, the internet, hair, clothing
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