Hidden Intellectualism By Gerald Graff Summary

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Gerald Graff, the author of “Hidden Intellectualism” argues that there is more than one way to measure intelligence. This essay significantly considers how Graff’s beliefs on “Hidden Intellectualism” can be related to today’s education system. While I somewhat agree with Graff I find it difficult to completely believe that children should be taught only of topics that interest them because a student should be well rounded and have a general understanding of the other basic academic skills. To start Graff’s essay, he focuses on the point that children should be challenged in the classroom but they would be a lot more interested if the topics were also incorporated with something that interested them. I must agree with Graff’s statement of children only wanting to learn something if it should do with topics they are interested in. But if a child doesn’t have a basic understanding of the subject first then it will be more difficult to incorporate interests. First, a child should have a basic understanding on the topic so that if in the future they want to apply it to other interest it will be effortless. For instance, if a child is interested in becoming a doctor and loves learning about the human body, they would first need to know the basics of science to make their way up to anatomy and then medical school. I feel that Graff’s point is more of an opinion because there is not much credibility behind his reasoning.

In addition to Graff’s argument, he also states that he
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