Gerald Graff's essay, "Hidden Intellectualism," is a critique on how schools are missing out on a valuable opportunity to encourage students to learn more academically. Graff feels that utilizing what he calls "street smarts" is an effective way to relate to students. I feel Graff's theory is an effective way to use student's interests to engage them in school. I agree with Graff because if a student is more interested in the lesson that is being taught, they are more likely to pay attention and actually learn something. He uses the following examples to define topics that would be street smart: "cars, dating, clothing fashions, sports, TV, or video games" (142).
In this essay, the author points out that there is a huge gap between the unreal and pale world of school books and teachings (146) and the real events of life. He goes into depth about his own life and how he grew up. He states that he was more interested in sports than Shakespeare (143). He talks about how he wanted to fit in with the "hoods" (144) and also try to be smart, but not show it too much, for fear of being beat up. These are excellent examples of how schools should try to tap into these hidden intellectualisms.
Graff also points out that students and children that are interested in something such as sports or cars will tune out education if they are not given the chance to express their intellect. He makes a valid argument to point out that the schools should give all students; whether they are interested in sports, cars, hip hop Shakespeare or fashion; the chance to show their intellect.
On the other hand, it would be very difficult to find a...