Richard Graff 's Hidden Intellectualism, By Gerald Graff

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To be book smart or street smart, or is it possible to be both? In the reading, “ Hidden Intellectualism,” by Gerald Graff, a professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, he touches on the subject of being “street smart” but not doing too hot in school. He argues that if students could be as interested in school, and as book smart as they were street smart, then they would have the opportunity to thrive and excel in school all while enjoying it, he even goes on to use himself as an example of taking an anti-intellectual and becoming a great intellectual.
Graff goes on the introduce the idea of taking non intellectual topics or objects and seeing them through “academic eyes” which would allow students to become engaged in the learning
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He believes this is to blame for the harsh separation between street smart and book smart, because although they should both tie in with each other like the way they function in the real world, they are frowned upon instead of being encouraged in today’s academic setting. Diverse topics, topics that students find that their interested in, not only limited to bland stereotypical subjects should most definitely be allowed and highly encouraged in today’s academic realm, because truth be told, not everyone wakes up and says, “ I am so excited to read Macbeth by WIlliam Shakespeare and write about it like there’s no tomorrow,” it’s just uncommon. There are “more than 2.1 million students on 114 campuses,” in community colleges in California alone according to the California Community College Chancellor 's Office, and we are all different, but expected to learn the same way. How does that make any sense? What one students might find interesting, the other might detest. For example, I enjoyed reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck whereas my peers despised it. This ties back to what Graff had stated about students being allowed to write and read texts or subjects which are of their interest as long as they are viewed through academic eyes. I agree with the idea that street smarts are more intellectual than book smarts, and that students individual interests can be more effective than typical learning material. In the text, Graff uses the

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