Hidden Intellectualism By Gerald Graff

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In Gerald Graff’s essay Hidden Intellectualism he aims his writing towards schools, universities, teachers and the academic community. He responds to the situation of; teachers, schools and colleges overlooking intellectual potential of “street smarts”. His purpose in this essay is to acknowledge the readers that that there are different types of intellectualism and to point out flaws in the academia. The message Graff is trying to convey is that schools and teachers need to approach education in a different and more engaging way. In this paper, I will explain Graff’s point of view by showing you how he uses sports, personal experiences, students non-academic interest and rhetorical appeals. To give you a better understanding of Graff’s…show more content…
Therefore, if schools and teachers were to add sports into the learning the students would me more involved. In the essay Graff uses his own personal experiences to make his point. He talks about his childhood neighborhood in Chicago where he grew up. Which was a bad location after World War II. Graff tells us that in his neighborhood he desperately wanted the approval of the older “hood” guys but they didn’t like “book smarts”. For example, he states that “…it was not at all good to be book smart. The hoods would turn on you” (Pg.246) This shows that although Graff was intellectual he was scared to show it because he wanted the approval of the hoods. This is important because this would keep him from doing well in school because of his life outside of class. Although if teachers approach teaching in a different way, a way that interest the student and keeps them from getting picked on. Another example is when Graff states how he “…carefully hiding telltale marks of literacy like correct grammar and pronunciation.” (Pg.247) This show that he had to hide his intellectualism. “Street smarts” wouldn’t feel afraid to show their true intellectualism if they taught at a younger age that there is nothing wrong with being intellectual. Overall, if you start students at young age with topics that interest them when they grow older they’ll have no shame on knowing more and the approval of the “hoods” would be irrelevant. Graff
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