Essay about Street Smarts vs. Book Smarts in Academia

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Our society has always had an obsession with labels whether in the form of fashion, our description of personal relationships, or the way we see ourselves as individuals. Labels never escape us. Therefore, if we are going to be labeled by our peers, is it better to be labeled "book smart" or "street smart"? What about in the world of academics? Should students be supported by schools and teachers to allow street smarts to be used in an academic environment? While some schools are likely to be against allowing students to use what they know to read, write, and think critically, many students and teachers, myself included, judge these techniques of teaching to be helpful to students. Every person has their own definition of what street…show more content…
King is suggesting that to perform in life and society a person should be both book smart and street smart. Book smarts involve the utility portion, in which King speaks of, and street smarts involve the cultured portion. From my own experiences, people who are only book smart are likely to keep to themselves and/or get taken advantage of when it comes to commonsensical circumstances. In addition, street smart people who do not have book smarts, tend to have added struggles when faced with complicated situations concerning calculations, statistics, academics, etc. In the essay “Hidden Intellectualism,” by Gerald Graff, Graff proposes there to be additional measures of intelligence ("hidden intellect") besides the educational forms learned in school by students. He believes that our society should not consider one to be of more significance than the other and that both areas are of equal importance to students. Graff is convinced students should be given the opportunity to use what they already know and appreciate to their own benefits in learning how to write academic papers in schools and colleges. If students are able to incorporate their own interests and learn how to see them "through academic eyes" and in a "reflective, analytical way" it will be advantageous to them in their academic futures and in learning how to write scholarly workings (Graff and Birkenstein 204). The intention of teaching students in this way is for each
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