Hidden Intellectualism Gerald Graff Analysis

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After reading Hidden Intellectualism by Gerald Graff, I have learned, a lot of key points. Graff has brought up a lot of great factors that contribute to the topic of Intellectualism, one especially between, book smarts and street smarts. Graff criticizes people who think those who are street smarts are not intellectual. He believed any person can make any conversation into an intelligent conversation. I agreed with the fact that people who are street smart are judged unfairly just because they are not interested in academic work. Graff suggests that knowledge goes beyond the academic learning and it continues in everyday life. As a child he had to find a happy median between brain and interest, as Graft described he felt “the need to prove that I was smart and the fear of a beating if I proved it too well”. Graft believed that only academic knowledge can be a hinderance to the social life and continue to argue that sports is the best topic to be interested in. Graft found himself in arguments about player statistic and record, which helped him develop analysis skills, summaries about the games, generalization and other intellectual operations. After understanding what those conversation helped him with , Graft soon establish the idea that the sports world was more compelling than school because it was more “intellectual than school” not less. The idea of sports being more intellectual began to surface through his mind. Graff explained to the readers to take interesting
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