Analysis Of Gerald Graff's Hidden Intellectualism

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In my opinion, college is the best option. College broadens the spectrum of learning for everyone and introduces us to a world of more freedom. As we take longer and harder classes, the weight is on our shoulders rather than our professors or parents. College allows us to gain a sense of independence and self-responsibility, which we will need in the real world. Aside from freedom, college opens a wider mindset to the never-ending sea of jobs available for hard, dedicated students. For those who do not continue their educational career in college, they will not be as prepared to enter the real world and will have a much more difficult time when trying to find a high-paying job. My classmate Taya Ray agreed with my viewpoint on this subject as she states, "I agree that college does introduce us to a world of more freedom and it does open a wider mindset for most students." To add a different viewpoint, however, Gerald Graff's essay Hidden Intellectualism provides possible examples as to why some people do not attend college and why it is not the best option for them. The essay focuses on the difference between street smarts and book smarts, and the idea that although some people have more street smarts and less book smarts, it does not connect them with anti-intellectualism. When he begins, Graff describes his childhood of growing up where being academically advanced is great, depending on which crowd you surround yourself with. He also describes how some people invest
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